Friend mourns cricket fan with ‘great behavior’ found in backyard grave

Friend mourns cricket fan with 'great behavior' found in backyard grave

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A man whose body was found buried in an improvised grave two weeks after he was allegedly stabbed was an “excellent sportsman” and a “very smart man,” says a grieving friend.

Martin Orme Berry’s remains were discovered on Wednesday in the backyard of a property he owned in Papanui, Christchurch, after a woman, believed to be kitchen handyman Rena Maloney, contacted police and told them he was buried there.

Maloney, also known by the surname Joyce, was charged with murder later that day.

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The remains of Martin Orme Berry were discovered on the property in Papanui, Christchurch, after a woman contacted police to tell them about a body.

She did not file a plea when she appeared before Judge Quentin Hix in Christchurch Court on Thursday morning.

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