20 Oct 2009

Wanganui man facing charge of murdering brother

10:58 pm on 20 October 2009

A Wanganui man who sparked a manhunt in the lower North Island is facing a raft of charges, including the murder of his brother.

Police said on Tuesday they are now in a position to charge David Bourke with the murder of Timothy Bourke.

Shots allegedly fired at a police officer and later at a farm worker, sparked the two-day search by armed police for David Bourke in and around Norsewood.

The body of Timothy Bourke was found in the back of his brother's car after it crashed near Butchers Creek in Norsewood on 4 October.

Police said their investigation shows Mr Bourke was killed near Gordon's Bush reserve in Wanganui.

David Bourke was arrested on 6 October. He faces 10 other charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault using a firearm, dangerous driving and using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.

He is due to appear in Palmerston North District Court on Wednesday.