Lauren Biddle case: Newshub camera operator attacked outside Christchurch court

Relatives of a man charged following the death of an American woman in Christchurch have been caught on camera attacking a Newshub camera operator. 

The scuffle happened outside the Christchurch District Court on Friday where Joseph McGirr appeared on five charges linked to the death of Lauren Biddle, a US citizen and champion polo player. 

At one point, a man believed to be McGirr's father, pushed the Newshub camera operator onto the road. 

Lauren Biddle, 22, was found unresponsive at a Sumner property on October 22.
Lauren Biddle, 22, was found unresponsive at a Sumner property on October 22. Photo credit: Newshub

He can be heard saying, "Pass the camera!"

Ms Biddle, 22, was found unresponsive at a Sumner property on October 22.  

McGirr is charged with supplying a Class B controlled drug, impeding rescue, perverting the course of justice and cultivating cannabis. 

The 37-year-old civil engineer was arrested early on Friday and pleaded not guilty in court. 

He is on bail pending his next court appearance. 

Newshub.