Charge laid in relation to Tauranga death

Charge laid in relation to Tauranga death

Bay of Plenty

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Lewis Warner:

Police have this morning arrested and charged a person in relation to the death of a man who was dropped at Tauranga Hospital with critical injuries at around 11:30am yesterday.

The victim, 58-year-old Lance Wayne Waite, died in hospital a short time later. Police’s thoughts are with his whanau and friends.

This morning Police and AOS made enquiries at an address on Ngatai Road, Otumoetai and a 26-year-old man was arrested.

He has since been charged with murder and is set to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We would particularly like to hear from anyone who was in the Wilrose Place area on 3 January 2018.

Police are confident there is no risk to the public following this incident.

As this matter is now before the court, Police is not in a position to comment further.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre