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Man accused of murdering wife in Taupo

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/04/2017 Jill Nicholas

A 56-year-old man charged with murdering his wife sobbed during a video link to Rotorua District Court, saying he had never been arrested before.

He is accused of murdering her at Taupo's Five Mile Bay on Easter Saturday.

He has temporary name suppression until at least his appearance in the High Court at Rotorua on May 10.

Judge Maree MacKenzie on Wednesday said it was clear mental health issues had been involved in the incident and there was a need for sensitivity because of grief suffered by the couple's children.

She remanded the defendant in custody so a report can be prepared into his fitness to stand trial.

She also suppressed all details contained in the case's summary of facts.

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