'You took my child' - sex worker's mother screams at man accused of killing her daughter

"You took my child, my child, my child".

Renee Duckmanton's family is hoping safer streets could prevent someone else suffering their loved one's fate. Source: 1 NEWS

That's what Renee Duckmanton's mother screamed at the man accused of murdering her daughter, before collapsing in sobs.

The 32-year old-man charged with the murder of Ms Duckmanton, 22, appeared in the High Court in Christchurch this morning.

Renee Duckmanton is the fourth sex worker to die in the city in the past decade. Source: Breakfast

Miss Duckmanton was last seen alive in Christchurch's red light district on May 14.

Security footage shows her near the intersection of Manchester and Peterborough streets about 9pm.

Her badly burnt body was found near a scrub fire on Main Rakaia Road about 7.40pm the next day.

Anna Reid of the Prostitutes Collective says Renee Duckmanton didn't appear to mingle with other sex workers. Source: 1 NEWS

Police seized several vehicles and investigated four homes across the city over the following days.

As a result, they arrested and charged a 32-year-old man within two weeks.

Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said at the time, "It is important that we acknowledge the continued victimisation of the women working on Manchester St".

"Police will be working with other agencies to consider what measures can be put in place to this address this."

Name suppression continues for the accused man while his lawyer applies for an appeal of its lapse.

He will appear in the High Court in Christchurch on August 19 for a case review hearing.