Killing rocks res­i­dents

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

RES­I­DENTS in the Mt Roskill street where a 60year-old man was killed at the week­end are shocked at the death of their friendly neigh­bour.

A cou­ple liv­ing next to the Richardson Rd house say the vic­tim, who they saw on Satur­day evening mow­ing his lawns, seemed to be of “fairly solid” char­ac­ter and was hard work­ing.

“He was quite a good neigh­bour, quite help­ful,” says one of the neigh­bours, who did not want to be named.

A younger man liv­ing at the prop­erty was of­ten drink­ing, he says.

“Lots of times he asked us to come over and have a drink with him.”

They say there hadn’t been any trou­ble at the house be­fore, and the res­i­dents even told neigh­bours in ad­vance when throw­ing a party.

“They were quite cour­te­ous.”

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the body at 7am on Sun­day af­ter be- ing called by a per­son at the dead man’s prop­erty.

The po­lice cor­don, which cov­ered the crime scene and sev­eral other neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, was still in place on Mon­day morn­ing.

De­tec­tive in­spec­tor Scott Beard says po­lice are looking into a party at a nearby ad­dress on Satur­day night, and move­ments of peo­ple in and out of the vic­tim’s house.

He says it’s not yet known whether the party is con­nected with the in­ci­dent.

A 30-year-old man ap­peared in the Auck­land District Court on Mon­day charged with as­sault in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent. He was re­manded in cus­tody and is due to reap­pear on Septem­ber 22.

Mr Beard con­firmed the ar­rested man lived at the ad­dress but would not com­ment on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween him and the vic­tim.

“It is be­ing treated as a fam­ily vi­o­lence-re­lated homi­cide.”

The neigh­bours found out about the in­ci­dent when the woman went to get some­thing out of her car on Sun­day morn­ing and saw po­lice of­fi­cers at the prop­erty.

“It was a com­plete sur­prise. I was go­ing out to the car and all of a sud­den there was a cop and heaps of cars. I said to the of­fi­cer: ‘Has some­one been killed?’ He said: ‘It’s not my place to say’. It’s a lot of guess­ing. It’s quite sad.”

An au­topsy was be­ing car­ried out this week to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Crime scene: Po­lice have cor­doned off sev­eral Richardson Rd prop­er­ties to in­ves­ti­gate a 60-year-old man’s death.

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