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Charge upgraded to murder following hammer assault - Wee Waa

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:14:15 AM

A 37-year-old man has now been charged with murder following the death of a 57-year-old man who was injured during an assault in the state’s north-west yesterday.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 13 June 2017), police were called to a licensed premises at Rose Street, Wee Waa, following reports a man was allegedly in possession of a firearm at the address.

A short time later, police and emergency services were also called to a business on Culgoora Road, Wee Waa, following reports of an assault.

It will be alleged two men were involved in an altercation, with a 57-year-old man struck in the head with a hammer and wrench.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Narrabri Hospital in a critical condition.

Police from Barwon Local Area Command arrested a 37-year-old man at the licensed premises, seizing a firearm.

He was charged with attempted murder, but that charge has now been upgraded to murder after the 57-year-old man died in hospital this morning.

The charged man appeared at Moree Local Court this morning (Wednesday 14 June 2017) and was refused bail to reappear on Wednesday 16 August 2017.