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Jade Bayliss murder accused named

Published: 5:42AM Tuesday November 15, 2011 Source: ONE News

The man charged with the murder of Cashmere high school student Jade Bayliss has appeared in court at Christchurch Men's Prison.

Jeremy McLaughlin, 34, who lived in the suburb of Waltham, is charged with murder, arson and burglary.

The 13-year-old girl was found dead after her family home was set ablaze last Thursday.

Police have revealed that Bayliss was assaulted before she died, but it is still not known whether the fire caused her death.

McLaughlin was remanded until November 29.

A second man, aged 40, has been charged with being an accessory to the fact.

He was granted name suppression until 4pm today and has been remanded until November 22, after also appearing in court at the prison.

Police have said the start of the inquiry that the men are known to the Bayliss family.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams has since said that one of the men charged is a former boyfriend of Jade Bayliss's mother, Tina.

However there were no family members inside the courtroom this morning.

Both accused men had been held since Thursday on charges of harassment of the girl's mother.

A scene examination is underway at both the Bayliss property in Somerfield and  McLaughlin's property in Waltham.