A man has appeared in Lower Hutt District Court charged with murder in relation to the death of a 71-year-old man in Petone on Friday night.
Police confirmed speculation in the Petone community yesterday that the homicide involved a decapitation.
Police have confirmed that the deceased was Francis Tyson, of Petone.
Police are continuing to support Mr Tyson’s family as the investigation into his death continues.
The 41-year-old man charged with murder also faces charges of wilful damage and drug possession.
He was remanded in custody to reappear in the High Court at Wellington on 19 December.
Police are still looking to speak with any witnesses to the incident and also anyone who may have information that could assisted with the ongoing inquiries.
They can call Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000, or information can be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.