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Third Person Arrested Following Murder Of Nukuhou Man, Claude Takao

A third person is appearing in the Rotorua District Court today for the murder of Nukuhou man, Claude Takao early last month.

47-year old Takao was located deceased down a bank on Matahi Valley Road on June 1st.

"A 34-year-old man is due to appear in Rotorua District Court today on charges of aggravated robbery, murder, and two charges of kidnapping," a Police spokesperson says.

With this latest arrest, five people are now before the courts in relation to kidnapping, robbery and murder.

"Police want to assure people that anyone who had a part in or assisted those involved in the murder, kidnapping or robbery of Takao will be held to account." the spokesperson says.

Police note this is an active homicide investigation and they continue to appeal for information.

Police urge anyone with any information to contact them on 105 or Crimestoppers.

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