19 Nov 2009

Youth charged with murder of Kaitaia grandmother

5:16 pm on 19 November 2009

A teenager arrested after the killing of a Kaitaia grandmother has now been charged with her murder.

Barbara Julian, 70, was found dead in her Matthews Avenue home two weeks ago.

A 17-year-old was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with being unlawfully on a nearby property.

Northland police say he is a local person of no fixed abode.

He appeared in the Kaitaia District Court today, on the murder charge.

He has been remanded in custody for further psychiatric assessment.