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Proposal To Buy `House Of Horrors A Huge Weight Lifted: Resident

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The house. Pic: NZPA
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Wellington, Sept 9 NZPA - A Christchurch City Council proposal to buy `house of horrors' where two bodies were found last Friday has lifted a huge weight of him , the owner of the adjoining home says.

The first body removed from the house on Saturday night was believed to be that of a 35-year-old woman who lived at the address. Her 33-year-old husband has been charged with her murder.

Neither can be named because of court suppression orders.

The second body, believed to be that of missing 28-year-old Tisha Lowry, was removed on Monday night.

Police carried out a post mortem on her body yesterday and are expected to confirm her identity today.

The Hall family, who lived in the other side of the semi-detached house have stayed in alternate accommodation, paid for by police, since the discovery of the bodies and have said they would never return to their home.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said yesterday he believed the "only resolution" was for the city council to buy the two homes.

"Nobody can go back and live there or, in the short term, would even want to consider being in that place," he said.

The adjoining house's owner Jason Hall said today Mr Parker's proposal was a huge weight off his mind.

"It felt like someone had lifted a car off of my back, the relief..." he told Radio New Zealand.

"There's still all the horror of what's actually happened there and that's not gonna go away in a hurry at all."

Mr Parker told The Press there was a "significant danger" the building would be attacked, following threats from locals to burn the house down.

He could not say whether the murder accused's co-ownership of the house would stop a possible purchase.

"We need to cross that bridge when we get to it...if it works out and we have a willing seller, then I think the council will be a willing buyer."

He said the proposal had the support of some councillors.

The murder accused is due to reappear in Christchurch District Court on Friday and likely to face a second murder charge, police say.

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