A Taranaki father who was discovered lifeless alongside his son in a South Taranaki residence will likely be remembered as a form man who was at all times laughing, his niece says.
The our bodies of Stephen John Frost, 55, and his 15-year-old son Regan Frost-Garden have been found by police after officers have been referred to as to a home in Manawapou Rd, Hāwera, about 2.50am on Monday.
A 21-year-old man, who has interim identify suppression, has been charged with their homicide and is because of reappear within the Excessive Court docket at New Plymouth on February 9.
He was remanded in custody after an look within the New Plymouth District Court docket on Monday.
Frost’s niece Gina Bethune mentioned information of the deaths had rocked their wider household and everybody in it.
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“I used to be shattered,” Bethune mentioned. “We’re discovering it arduous in the meanwhile to grasp what has occurred to such a superb particular person.”
Bethune mentioned Frost was her father Grant’s brother, so that they spent college holidays and Christmas breaks up on her uncle’s dairy farm.
“I grew up with Stephen being a serious a part of my life,” she mentioned. “He was a form man, at all times laughing and being humorous. He was the kind by no means to lift his voice.”
Bethune has fond reminiscences of studying to hunt and run a dairy farm from her time with Frost.
“He was a tough employee, he helped run lots of dairy farms within the Hāwera district,” she mentioned. “He labored arduous for what he had.”
Bethune relies in Palmerston North and whereas she had not seen Frost for some time she spoke to him on the telephone a month in the past.
“I misplaced contact with my uncle up to now few years as life received in the way in which – because it does.”
For that motive, she mentioned she didn’t know his son Frost-Garden very effectively.
Frost was a “straight” man who didn’t do medicine, didn’t get into hassle and was not gang affiliated, Bethune mentioned.
“He was a very good particular person, actually placid.
“He liked his kids dearly – and his household. He was particularly near his brother Grant, my dad, and cherished his pals,” she mentioned. “He’s missed by everybody.”
Police formally launched the names and ages of the 2 deceased on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman mentioned the investigation into the deaths was ongoing, together with the scene examination on the Hāwera property the place the our bodies have been discovered.
She mentioned post-mortems on the our bodies, which started on Tuesday, had been accomplished.
Police, nonetheless, wouldn’t be releasing any particulars of how the pair died because the matter was now earlier than the courts.