4 Dec 2018

Man charged with murder after Petone decapitation

10:44 am on 4 December 2018

A 41-year-old man in Petone has been charged with the murder of Francis Tyson after he was decapitated on Friday night.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

The 71-year-old was found dead at Jackson Street after emergency services were called to the address at around 9.50pm on 30 November.

Police have since confirmed that Mr Tyson was decapitated.

The accused man has also been charged with having possession for sale and supply and intentional damage.

Police yesterday would not speculate on any potential motive for the killing.

But they said neither the deceased nor the 41-year-old man arrested were gang members.