An elderly pet dog has been the focus of evidence today in the trial of a Taranaki farm worker accused of killing his missing son.
The Crown said David Roigard murdered his son, Aaron Roigard, when he could no longer conceal he had stolen about $60,000 from him.
In evidence, Aaron's younger sister Aimee said her father put down Milo, an old fox terrier, sometime before her brother's disappearance.
David Roigard shot Milo outside the woodshed at the family home, she said.
The Crown said he killed Aaron with a woodsplitter and disposed of his body on 2 June 2014.
Police Luminol testing of the woodshed area discovered traces of blood.
But Mr Roigard's defence team said no killing of Aaron Roigard had taken place.