Call for leads in at­tack

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Heather McCracken

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of Austin Hem­mings set up a mo­bile po­lice sta­tion at the site of his fa­tal stab­bing in Mills Lane this week.

Of­fi­cers hope to gain new in­for­ma­tion about the events im­me­di­ately be­fore and af­ter his death on Thurs­day last week.

The 44-year-old fa­therofwas stabbed af­ter go­ing to the aid of a woman be­ing as­saulted.

De­tec­tive se­nior sergeant Gerry Whit­ley says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion team has re­cov­ered two knives from the area.

“We be­lieve one of them is most likely the weapon used to kill Mr Hem­mings but both have been sent to the ESR for foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion.”

He says po­lice are still fo­cused on find­ing the taxi driver who is thought to have driven the of­fender away from the scene.

“We’d also like to hear from any­one who worked in or fre­quented the area who saw any­thing sus­pi­cious be­fore or af­ter 5.30pm on Thurs­day.”

The fu­neral for Mr Hem­mings was to be held to­day at the Holy Trin­ity Church, near his Devon­port home.

A 45-year-old man has been ar­rested and charged with as­sault in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

He is ex­pected to face a mur­der charge at a reap­pear­ance on Oc­to­ber 17.

Austin Hem­mings

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