Man charged with murder over death of Opotiki man

The man accused of the murder of an Opotiki man two years ago has appeared in the Whakatane District Court today.

The Opotiki man, has been charged with murdering Brian Hilton on July 7th 2016.

Mr Hilton was admitted to Tauranga Hospital with facial injuries, first thought to have been caused by a fall.

He died six days later.

Eastern Area Manager Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says Police recently reopened the investigation into Mr Hilton's death after receiving new information.

The accused has been remanded in custody to reappear in the High Court at Tauranga on February 5th.

Emma Griffiths