Monday, November 13, 2023

Tragedy Strikes Nelson as Police Launch Homicide Investigation - UPDATE


Name release, Stoke homicide

By Pigeon Post News - Monday 13 November 2023

Nelson, New Zealand - The tragic events that unfolded in the Stoke suburb of Nelson on Friday night, November 10, have taken a solemn turn as Nelson Bays Police released the name of the victim. The man who lost his life in the 'vicious assault' has been identified as 48-year-old James Whitikau Barton from Nelson.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of James Whitikau Barton, and the Nelson Bays Police continue their relentless efforts to bring justice and accountability to those responsible for this heinous act.

A dedicated and diligent team is working tirelessly to piece together the events leading up to Mr. Barton's death. A post-mortem examination has been conducted in Christchurch, contributing valuable insights to the ongoing investigation. The Tasman District Police force is mobilising additional support to bolster the efforts of the investigation team.

The scene examination at the property on Orchard Street has been completed, marking a crucial step forward in understanding the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. The progress made in our inquiries provides a foundation for moving forward in seeking justice for James Whitikau Barton.

The police remain keenly interested in any information related to a white BMW X5 station wagon with the registration BMW693. This vehicle is believed to be linked to the incident, and anyone who has seen it is urged to report it to the police via 105, referencing file number 231110/4270. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers via 0800 555 111.

The Nelson / Tasman community is pivotal in assisting the police with crucial information to ensure a thorough and comprehensive investigation. As we mourn the loss of James Whitikau Barton, the Pigeon Post News will stay committed to keeping our readers informed with updates as the investigation progresses.

Police Communications

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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