Son on murder charge after dad stabbed

By MARK STORY


Name suppression lapsed yesterday for a Havelock North man charged with murdering his father.

Johnathon Walter Middleton, 31, appeared in the Hastings District Court and entered no plea to a charge of murder after allegedly stabbing his 61-year-old father, Walter William Middleton.

Police were called to the Danvers St address where the incident reportedly occurred about 7pm last Wednesday.

Johnathon Middleton, who on court records was listed as unemployed, was arrested at the scene.

His father died the following night in Hawke's Bay Hospital and provisional post mortem results indicated he died as a result of injuries received.

Police would not confirm if a weapon had been recovered at the scene.

Neighbours reportedly said raised voices could sometimes be heard at the address, where it was understood the two men lived.

Walter Middleton had worked as an engineering assistant at Whakatu Coldstores, where he had been employed for at least 10 years. His boss, Ross Tougher, said his former employee was "big hearted".

"He was the type of guy who if he had 100 jobs on and you asked him to do one more, he'd do it," Mr Tougher said.

"He was really well respected and well liked here."

It's understood the 61-year-old had taken on many foster children during his life.

His son's lawyer, Tony Snell, made no application for continued name suppression.

Judge Tony Adeane remanded him in custody until his next appearance on December 6.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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