Third man investigated in relation to burning death

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 16/02/2013
Shalvin Prasad
HOMICIDE VICTIM: Shalvin Prasad.

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A third man is being investigated in relation to the death of a man who was burnt alive hours after withdrawing tens of thousands of dollars from his bank account.

Twenty-one-year-old Shalvin Prasad's scorched body was discovered a fortnight ago after a small scrub fire on the side of McRobbie Rd, Kingseat.

Two Papatoetoe men, aged 18 and 20, were arrested on Thursday and jointly charged with murder.

They appeared at the Manukau District Court yesterday and were remanded in custody until February 22.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said there was no evidence to suggest the third man being investigated was directly involved in the murder.

"We're not seeking anyone else in relation to the events leading up to the death, however, we are investigating the culpability of a third person in relation to acts that may have been carried out in the couple of days after Shalvin's death," Lynch said.

He would not elaborate on what sort of acts could have been carried out or whether the man was known to Prasad.

However, Lynch said one of the men arrested "was known to" Prasad.

"I probably can't go into that much detail around the actual events of the night," he said.

Thursday's arrests came as a result of investigative work carried out by the police as well as leads from the public through anonymous crime tip line Crimestoppers, Lynch said.

The arrests have come as a relief to Prasad's close-knit family.

"I spoke to Shalvin's parents [on Thursday] night and they're nearing the end of their traditional two-week mourning period, but the arrests have come as a relief, " he said.

Police still wanted information concerning property belonging to Prasad.

This property included keys to his Toyota Rav4, a house key, a steering wheel lock key, his wallet, ASB eftpos card and driver's licence.

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