Stinky car’s owner found

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

THE car left for weeks in a Pt Che­va­lier car park with rot­ting meat in­side it be­longs to a man in jail.

The Auck­land City Har­bour News went to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter res­i­dent Phil Parker posted about the car on the Neigh­bourly.co.nz web­site.

‘‘No­ticed a car cov­ered in park­ing tick­ets in the Pt. Chev Count­down car park,’’ Parker wrote.

‘‘Driver’s win­dow smashed. In­side, about four packs of pack­aged meat ac­tively de­com­pos­ing af­ter sev­eral days, with blow flies hum­ming around.’’

The Auck­land City Har­bour News’ story about the mys­te­ri­ous stink­ing car was pub­lished on Stuff.co.nz on June 4.

Auck­land Trans­port, which man­ages the car park, said the car did not meet the leg­isla­tive cri­te­ria of an aban­doned ve­hi­cle as it had li­cence plates, a cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion and war­rant of fit­ness.

‘‘We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle and we have sent let­ters to the last reg­is­tered owner,’’ spokesman Mark Han­nan said on June 4.

The next day, Auck­land Trans­port told the Auck­land City Har­bour News that po­lice had con­firmed the owner of the ve­hi­cle was be­hind bars.

AT re­moved the Honda Do­mani from the Huia Rd car park on June 5.

The car was towed to an Auck­land Trans­port de­pot. Spokesman Mark Han­nan was hope­ful a rel­a­tive would col­lect it so that the costs in­volved in stor­ing it could be avoided.

An aban­doned car with meat in­side it cre­ated a stink in a Pt Che­va­lier car park.

Pho­tos: JESS LEE

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