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Murder charge in Nelson boat death

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/08/2016

A man has been charged with the murder of a Nelson resident found dead at a wharf.

Fifty-five-year-old John Murray "Muzza" Morton's body was found in the back of a white boat at Nelson Haven on August 4, prompting a homicide investigation.

Police on Saturday said they had charged a 52-year-old local man over the death.

He is scheduled to appear in Nelson District Court on Monday.

During the investigation, police called in a number of specialists from around the South Island to try to piece together Mr Morton's death.

Detective Inspector Paul Borrell said they had also received critical information from anonymous members of the public.

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