11 Aug 2015

Murder charge after body found in Hamilton

6:10 pm on 11 August 2015

A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder after an elderly man's body was found in a public toilet in central Hamilton overnight.

Police have cordoned off the scene where a man's body was found in central Hamilton this morning.

Police have cordoned off the scene where the man's body was found. Photo: Radio NZ / Andrew McRae

The accused, who appeared in the Hamilton District Court today, was granted interim name suppression.

He also faces charges of theft of the dead man's vehicle and failing to stop when pursued by police.

Judge Merelina Burnett ordered a psychiatric assessment for the accused, who will appear in the High Court on 1 September.

A woman who was arrested at the same time is yet to appear in court, and is not expected to appear today.

The area where the body was found - around the eastern end of London Street - remained cordoned off this morning as forensic examinations continued.

Police said they believed they knew the identity of the dead man but his name would not be released until formal identification had taken place.

They have asked anyone who saw suspicious behaviour around the intersection of London Street and Victoria Street at about 9pm last night to contact them.