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One Dead After Serious Assault In Ōpōtiki, Homicide Investigation Underway

A homicide investigation has been launched in Ōpōtiki.

Police responded to reports of a serious assault on Ford Street, around 4:40pm on Thursday.

One man was taken to Whakatāne Hospital - where he died yesterday.

Police arrested a 44-year-old man last night and was due to appear in the Whakatāne District Court today.

Police said the man has been charged with Wounding with Intent to Cause Grievous Bodily Harm.

Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.

Anyone who saw the assault or has information is urged to ring 105 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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