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Pair charged with man's murder

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 15:20 09/08/2014

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A man and woman have been charged with the murder of Auckland man Davender Singh.

A 28-year-old man and 31-year-old woman briefly appeared in the Manukau District Court this morning jointly charged with Singh's murder.

Justice of the Peace Graham suppressed both names and remanded them in custody until a High Court, Auckland, appearance on Wednesday.

Punjabi interpreters were requested for the next appearance.

The woman stood in the dock with her head down, while the man looked at the back of the court where there were members of his community.

Graham was told that the woman had not had the chance to advise family in India of the charge and that she and the man had had no legal advice yet.

Graham declined media applications for photos in court.

After this morning's appearance in court police released a statement stating: "Police would like to assure the community that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident."

This follows the release last night of CTV footage as police sought public help to identify a mystery vehicle seen leaving the area around the time of the murder. 

THE CRIME

Singh, 35, of Papatoetoe, and his partner stopped outside the Manukau Events Centre in their car about 7.20pm on Thursday.

His body was found in a car outside the events centre on Norman Spencer Drive in Papatoetoe at about 7.45pm.

It was believed he died from stab wounds, police said.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said while police were pleased to have made early arrests, the investigation was still in its infancy.

"Police are still appealing for witnesses and we ask that anyone who drove down Norman Spencer Drive between 7:20pm and 7:45pm on Thursday night that might have seen Mr Singh's car parked outside the Manukau Events Centre please come forward to police," he said.

Police were also yet to recover the murder weapon, believed to be a knife.

Police said they were satisfied robbery was not the motive. 

"We have received a large volume of information that needs to be analysed and there is a significant amount of forensic testing to be completed, which may take several days.

"We are well aware that the investigation has attracted intense interest within the Indian community and we ask that people stay patient and allow police time to work through an investigation and fact-finding process."

Police were not seeking anyone else in relation to Singh's death.

Police encouraged anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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