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Man in court following Tāneatua homicide

A man is appearing in Whakatāne District Court today charged with the murder of a 57-year-old man in Tāneatua last month.

The 28-year-old accused was previously charged with aggravated robbery in relation to an incident in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town on the same day, Monday, February 14.

The 57-year-old victim, Meihana Mason, died in Waikato Hospital on Tuesday, February 15, the day after he was assaulted in his Cobham Street home, police said in a statement.

Immediately following this incident, a man in his 60s was assaulted outside a bakery on Tūhoe Street, before a man in his 40s was assaulted and had his motorbike stolen on Morrison Street.

Police said four people are facing charges relating to events in Tāneatua:

  • the 28-year-old man in court today charged with murder, who also faces a charge of aggravated robbery and assault;
  • a 25-year-old man charged with aggravated robbery;
  • a second 25-year-old man charged with aggravated robbery and assault; and
  • a 47-year-old woman charged with perverting the course of justice.