15 Jan 2011

Murder charge laid over Auckland double homicide

2:47 pm on 15 January 2011

A 52-year-old man has been charged with murder over the deaths of two men at an Auckland house.

Officers were called to a house in Stilwell Rd in Mt Albert about 11am on Friday where they discovered a man's body in the driveway and another man's body inside the house. Two weapons were found nearby.

The bodies of the men were removed from the multi-million dollar property on Friday evening and post mortem examinations were to be carried out on Saturday.

Police say a man who was living at house, who had been assisting police with their investigation, is now facing two counts of murder.

He was remanded in custody when he appeared Auckland District Court on Saturday.

The Chinese man has been granted interim name suppression to give him time to tell his children about the charges. His lawyer told the court his client plans to seek bail.

Police say officers are continuing a scene examination at the property.