NORTHAMPTON – [PAA] A man accused of the strangling murder of the daughter of a respected Adelaide doctor has appeared in court in England.
Edward Tenniswood, 51, is charged with murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton over the weekend.
He was remanded in custody following an appearance at the English town’s magistrate’s court.
Ms Chipchase, the girlfriend of Evaan Reihana, the son of former All Black Bruce Reihana, was last seen alive early on Saturday morning.
Her disappearance was reported later that day after she failed to turn up to her work as a barmaid at The Collingtree pub and restaurant.
An investigation into her disappearance led local police to Tenniswood’s home on Stanley Road, where her body was discovered on Sunday night.
A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday confirmed she died from pressure to the neck.
Her father, obstetrician and gynaecologist Jeremy Chipchase, has been working in Adelaide for the past 10 years, but it’s understood he is currently in the UK, the Adelaide Advertiser reports.
Evaan Reihana, who plays for the Bordeaux Begles in France, promised to dedicate his career to his murdered girlfriend in a post on Instagram.
‘I will be playing for you for as long as I know,’ he wrote alongside a picture of her.
‘I honestly can’t believe to think even now that you have left us in that way miss India eve Chipchase !!’
Ms Chipchase was a student at Northampton College between September 2013 and June 2014, where she took a diploma in health and social care.
For her studies she worked with children and the elderly, winning praise from supervisors for her teamwork, initiative and sensitivity.
Tenniswood was ordered to appear before a crown court judge via a prison video link on Thursday.