A Tauranga man has made his first court appearance since being charged with the murder of his elderly father, who died in hospital last week after an attack in his home.
Murray Tait, 45, had initially been charged with assault after his father David, 76, was found with serious head injuries in his Fifteenth Ave home on June 22.
His father died in hospital the following day and Tait was charged with murder on Tuesday.
The assault charge was withdrawn in Tauranga District Court yesterday.
Tait was remanded in custody to reappear on July 21.
source: newshub archive