Aaron Roigard murder trial nears end

David Roigard (3 News)
David Roigard (3 News)

The Crown in the case of the man accused of murdering his son and stealing his life savings has begun closing statements at the High Court in New Plymouth.

Aaron Roigard, a father-of-two, went missing last year.

He was last seen leaving a family member's property on Waiteika Rd in Opunake on June 2.

Police have never found his body.

Crown lawyer Cherie Clarke says the only person with motivation to kill the 27-year-old was his father, David.

Ms Clarke says it was a premeditated and well thought out killing.

"This killing was in order to cover up well over $66,000 worth of thieving from his son over the period of 10 years," she says.

The jury of 11 - nine women and two men - is expected to retire to consider its verdict tomorrow. One juror had earlier been excused.

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