A 16-year-old has been charged with murder after the body of an elderly man was found at his Upper Riccarton address this morning.
Police say the teenager knew the victim.
The address is under guard while police carry out a scene investigation, says Detective Inspector Tony Hill. A second address is also being treated as a crime scene and under guard.
A number of people known to the victim are speaking with police. The investigation is focusing on people that have been in contact with the victim leading up to his death.
"Although the investigation is in its early stages, the arrest should help assure our community that the Upper Riccarton area continues to be safe to live," says Det Insp Hill.
Eighteen police staff are currently working on the investigation.