18 year old charged with murder remanded in custody

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

An 18 year old man charged with the murder of 23 year old Todd Branch has been remanded in custody.

Police have issued their thanks to the community of Kawerau for their assistance with the investigation into the death of Todd Branch who was found last week at an address in Hall Street.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says police want to, “reassure the local people that this was not a gang or drug related case but more a matter that the two people involved knew each other and things then turned for the worse.”

He says “"The Post Mortem is now completed and we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this homicide.”

The 18 year old will reappear in Whakatane District Court on the 23rd of March.