Opotiki murder accused named

A woman was found dead at an Opotiki property on February 19. Supplied photo.

The man accused of murdering an Opotiki woman on February 19 can now be named.

He is 27-year-old Hosea Gerard Collier.

Collier appeared in the High Court at Tauranga today via audio-visual link to face a charge of murdering Robyn Alicia Crawford.

A plea of not guilty was entered.

Collier was arrested at an address in Te Kaha on February 20.

A murder investigation was launched after a woman was found dead in Wharf Street, Opotiki around 1.15pm the previous day.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says police were responding to reports of a domestic incident when they found the woman at a residential property near the CBD.

“It appears the deceased sustained injuries to her face and arms that have been fatal.”

The accused is being represented by Gene Tomlinson, who did not seek further name suppression for his client.

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