NEW Zealand’s “house of horrors” in Christchurch – the scene of two necrophilic murders – is to become a park.
The Christchurch City Council on Tuesday confirmed it had agreed to buy the property in the suburb of Aranui, where Jason Somerville killed Tisha Lowry, 28, in 2008 and then his wife Rebecca Chamberlain, 33, in 2009, who he then reported missing.
Somerville admitted having sex with the bodies of both women and then burying them beneath the floorboards of the house.
Somerville, now 36, was jailed for at least 23 years and the house became known as “the house of horrors”.
A family who lived in the other part of the semi-detached house moved out after the bodies were discovered, and after several arson attempts the building was demolished in 2010.
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker says he sees the decision as a positive result for the community, which had wanted the council to buy the property and turn it into a park.
“This is a good opportunity to establish a corner green space reserve that will aesthetically add to the neighbourhood.”