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Man charged with murder of Richard Wallace in his Seatoun home

News from NZ Police
A 52-year-old man will appear in the Wellington District Court tomorrow charged with the murder of Richard Wallace, who was found dead in his Strathmore Park home on 22 July.

The man charged with murder was arrested in Wellington today.

A 37-year-old man will also appear in Wellington District Court tomorrow charged with attempted burglary and burglary in relation to offences allegedly committed at Mr Wallace’s home on 5 and 6 July.

He has also been charged with a further two counts of burglary and wounding with reckless disregard in relation to three unrelated incidents.

Police believe Mr Wallace, 70, was killed in his home on the evening of Monday 19 July, and investigators remain keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or spoken to him in the days leading up to his death, as well as anyone who has any information which can assist.

Police would like to thank the public for the information provided so far. This has helped lead to the arrests today and provided great reassurance to Mr Wallace’s family and friends.

Anyone with information can contact the investigation team via 105 quoting file number 210722/6922.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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News from NZ Police – 30 July
Wellington Police are appealing to the friends and acquaintances of Richard Wallace to contact them as they establish his movements in the week prior to his death. Mr Wallace, 70, was found dead in his Strathmore Park home on the morning of Thursday 22 July.

“Mr Wallace did have injuries and we are working to understand when and how these occurred. Because of this, his death is still being treated as unexplained at this time,” says Detective Inspector Darrell Harpur.

“It is important we provide his family with answers and so we are asking those who knew him to provide us with details about his movements between Monday 19 July and Thursday 22 July.”

The investigation team has determined Mr Wallace travelled with another person to the Strathmore Park and Miramar shops on Monday evening before returning home sometime after 7pm when he then entertained friends.

“If you visited Mr Wallace that Monday evening, or in the day’s after, we are very keen to talk with you,” says Detective Inspector Harpur.

Anyone with information can contact the investigation team via 105 and quote file number 210722/6922. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 
111.

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