An elderly man who was found dead in a central Hamilton public toilet on Monday was bottled to death, police say
A man in his twenties appeared in Hamilton District Court yesterday, charged with 71-year-old Jacques Donker's murder, along with stealing a vehicle belonging to the victim and failing to stop for police.
Police say they had to resort to using road spikes to bring the offender to a halt.
The man will remain in custody until he is due to appear next month.
Despite the arrest, police say a lot of work remains for investigators who are still trying to piece together the moments leading up to Mr Donker's death.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson says it looks as though Mr Donker was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I think it was an opportunist crime, he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time."
A female friend of the accused has also been arrested in relation to the case and is expected to appear in Hamilton District court later this week on a variety of charges.
A scene examination has now been concluded, and the body will now undergo a post mortem.
Police want to hear from anyone confronted by a man and two women near London Street, in Hamiltons CBD on Monday night.
They can do so by calling the Hamilton police station on (07) 858 6200.
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