Police are now investigating a homicide in Wellington after an elderly man died in hospital overnight following a serious attack.
The man died from injuries received during a serious attack around 9:50am yesterday at a home on Mahora St in Kilbirnie.
Police arrested a man shortly afterward in relation to the assault and have now charged the 49-year-old with murder. He will appear in the Wellington District Court today.
Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says while an arrest has been made, police are still talking to a number of people and making inquiries in relation to the incident.
Police are providing the victim's family and friends with support following the death.
Anyone who saw a man walking along Mahora St with no shirt on and heading towards the Coutts St area around the time of the assault should call police on 04 381 2000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.