Man charged with murder of Jasmine Wilson

A man has been charged with the murder of Whanganui woman Jasmine Wilson. 

Wilson, 30, died on August 2 after receiving non-accidental injuries in Whanganui on July 31. Her body, unrecognisable with critical head injuries, bone fractures and bruises, was left at the Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department.

The 28-year-old man charged with assaulting and murdering Wilson was initially arrested on August 26 on charges of assault with intent to injure and injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

In September, a group of Whanganui people came together for a vigial to protest New Zealand's record of violence against women. One of those locals was Wilson's mother, who she remembered as a wonderful person.

"She was always smiling, always smiling, always bubbling always helping people," says Brenda Reuben.

Reuben had previously appealed for information about her daughter.

"Our family is grieving and we are desperately hoping for closure," she says.

"Jasmine was a loved mother, daughter, sister and granddaughter. Her family and friends can't understand why this has happened to her."

At the vigil, Wilson's family and their community called for an end to all violence. 

"Whanau, enough is enough. Jazz is dead. We can't change that. Too late for her, her children and her whanau," says social worker Tracey Matthews.

Whanganui Area investigations manager detective senior sergeant Neil Forlong said in a statement that the police force's thoughts were with Wilson's family.

"The investigation into her death remains ongoing and officers will continue to work tirelessly to provide them with the answers they seek."

The man charged with Wilson's murder is remanded in custody and will appear in the Whanganui District Court on October 29.


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