Man charged with murder over death of south Auckland mum Arishma Chand

A man has been arrested over the death of 24-year-old Arishma Chand, whose body was found in her south Auckland home on Sunday morning.

The 41-year-old has been charged with murder and will appear in the Manukau District Court on Thursday.

Chand, also known as Singh, was found dead in a pool of blood at her home in Manurewa after making a chilling phone call to her parents.

She had returned to her family home with her partner about 12.45am.

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She was alive when her partner left, but called her parents soon after saying she believed there was someone outside, Detective Inspector Gary Lendrum said.

Shortly afterward, her parents found her body in one of the bedrooms.

Just 20 minutes elapsed between the time her partner left and the time her parents got home.

Lendrum said the man, from the south Auckland suburb of Flat Bush, was arrested on Wednesday evening.

Police were unable to comment further as the matter was now before the courts, he said.

Earlier in the week, Lendrum said police believed the killer was known to Chand and could be a relative – adding that the tragedy could be "a lot closer to home".

"From the preliminary examination of the scene, we don't believe that this is a random attack," he said on Monday.

"I base that on the fact that no-one has broken into that address. That would indicate to me that Arishma has known the person and had willingly allowed them to come onto the premise."

Chand was the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, and shared custody of her with her former partner. 

She worked at a childcare centre run by the Anand Isher Educational and Community Trust, a charity focusing on Indian migrant community needs and issues.

Raj Singh, the administrator of the trust, said Chand was a lively and loving member of the team.

"I think she'll be remembered as a very smiling, bubbly young girl who loved spending time with children."

 - Stuff