Victim had 'adorable nature'

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 15:38 03/07/2012
Dean Andrew Clark funeral
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LAST GOODBYE: Dean Andrew Clark, 36, who was killed in his Balmoral flat on June 26, is farewelled at a service in Albany.

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A man killed in his central Auckland flat last week will be remembered for his adorable nature and love of two wheels, friends and family say.

Dean Andrew Clark, 36, was farewelled at a service in Albany this afternoon. He was killed in his Balmoral flat on June 26.

His 38-year-old flatmate, a mental health patient, has been charged with his murder.

Friends and family said Clark was a loveable, active and sporty character who was fond of the outdoors. Pictures showed him relaxing at the beach and in the park.

The casket, which was adorned with a pair of skate shoes and a bike helmet, was carried out to Freddy Mercury's Who Wants to Live Forever, with a message reading "Ride on Dino".

Clark and the murder-accused are believed to have met at an Auckland halfway house where Clark had offered him a place to stay without knowing about his mental health conditions.

His landlord Finlay Smith said last week it was unfortunate there was no permanent place for mental health patients to go and get help.

"It's just a sad case of a mental health patient being out on our streets and having nowhere to live."

The accused, who was referred to the Mason Clinic - a psychiatric hospital - will reappear in the Auckland District Court this month.

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