Five arrested in double homicide case
Five people have been arrested in connection with the deaths of a Raymond and James Fleet.
The uncle and nephew, 51 and 25 years of age, were reported missing on August 10 and a double homicide investigation was launched following the discovery of their bodies in Mamaku Forest on August 17.
The five men are facing numerous charges ranging from murder, manslaughter, accessory after the fact of murder, manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of substances, materials and equipment with intent, says Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi.
“Four men, aged 34, 29, 26 and 21 years old, are due to appear in Rotorua District Court tomorrow, 4 October, 2017.
“The fifth man, a 26-year-old, is appearing in Whakatāne District Court tomorrow.
“I want to acknowledge Detective Senior Sergeant Mark van Kempen and the whole investigation team who have worked tirelessly to hold these men to account.
“This type of incident is extremely rare in Rotorua and I know it has shocked our community. We hope the arrests begin to bring some closure for their whānau.
“As the matter is now before the courts, Police will not be offering further comment.”