6 Mar 2019

Retirement village murder accused in court

12:58 pm on 6 March 2019

A 75-year-old man accused of murdering a 70-year-old woman at a a Kapiti Coast retirement village has appeared in court.

The Coastal Villas retirement village where a 70-year-old woman was found dead.

Police were called to the Coastal Villas retirement village on Tuesday. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Police were called to Metlifecare Coastal Villas complex at Raumati Beach yesterday morning, and arrested the man later in the day.

He was charged with murdering Edith Roderique.

The man appeared in the Porirua District Court this morning and was granted interim name suppression. He was denied bail and did not enter a plea.

Judge James Johnston ordered a mental health report into the man's ability to stand trial.

The accused will appear in the High Court in Wellington later this month.

Coastal Villas chief executive Glen Sowry said he was deeply saddened by what had happened, and his attention was focused on ensuring residents and and staff were provided with support.