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.