24 Sep 2009

Horse-breeder charged with wife's killing

3:17 pm on 24 September 2009

The husband of a woman shot and killed in Matamata on Wednesday has appeared in the Hamilton District Court charged with her murder.

Gregory Howard Meads, 54, is accused of killing Helen Meads, aged 42, a mother of three.

Mr Meads, a horse-breeder, has been remanded in custody to reappear in court early next month.

Helen Meads' body was discovered in an out-building on a property near the racecourse on the outskirts of Matamata on Wednesday.

Mrs Meads was a horse trainer and breeder, and the district commissioner of the Matamata Pony Club.

Mrs Meads body was discovered in an out-building and has been taken to Auckland for a post-mortem.

Police say it appears she died of a single wound from a shotgun blast.

Detective Senior Sergeant Peter van de Wetering of Waikato CIB has said police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

Mr Meads was in court for only a short time, appeared calm and made no comment. Members of his family, including his parents, were in the public gallery.

There was no application for bail or name suppression.

A post mortem was being carried out on Thursday, and an examination of the scene was continuing.