Hawke's Bay man pleads guilty to murdering father


A 32 year old man today pleaded guilty to a charge of murdering his father, who was stabbed to death in Havelock North nine months ago.

Johnathon Walter Middleton was appearing before Justice David Collins in the High Court in Napier as a result of stabbing his 61-year-old father Walter William Middleton to death in his home in Havelock North on November 9 last year.

At the time of the murder, neighbours reportedly said raised voices could sometimes be heard at the address where 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 last year 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.

Johnathon Middleton has been remanded in custody for sentencing on December 5.


- Hawkes Bay Today

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