Man charged with murder, family flies in

AMY MAAS
Last updated 13:19 19/02/2013

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A 23-year-old Aucklander charged with the murder of a man who died of knife wounds at his East Auckland home on Friday night has appeared in court.

Byron James Armstrong appeared at the Manukau District Court this morning with both his arms wrapped in casts.

He was remanded in custody until March 13 where he is expected to enter a plea.

A homicide investigation was opened after police found a 24-year-old dead in his home at Fiesta Dr, Half Moon Bay, where he lived alone, about 11.30pm on Friday.

The man's parents arrived from Asia last night to identify his body. He will not be named until all family members have been informed of his death.

Police allege the death was connected with a car crash which occurred just afterwards, 3.5 km away in Gosford Dr, Pakuranga.

"It is a link because we believe the driver of the car and the deceased are known to each other," Detective Inspector Jim Gallagher said at the time.

"We believe a knife is involved."

Armstrong, who was driving the car, drove his 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Sport into a house. He also took out a lamp post.

He had to be cut from the car by firefighters. He was covered in blood and had suffered stab wounds, however, his injuries were not life-threatening.

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