Stabbing victim was 'very bright'

Last updated 09:18 21/02/2013

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The employer of an Auckland man, who was found stabbed to death in his home last week, has paid tribute to the talented IT whizz.

Henry Pan, also known as Hung Pan, 24, was found dead at his home in Half Moon Bay on Friday.

Pan grew up and went to school in the Pakuranga area before graduating with an honours degree in engineering from the University of Auckland.

After working as a student intern at Vista Entertainment Solutions, he was given a full-time job and had been there two years.

Chief executive Murray Holdaway described him as "a very bright young software developer".

"He was a fairly quiet but personable sort of guy; really good at his job," he said.

Pan's parents arrived from Asia on Monday night to identify his body and Holdaway said some staff members had gone to an intimate memorial ceremony yesterday. 

His absence from work on Monday was not noticed as he had booked a day off and the last thing his colleagues expected was for police officers to walk through the door.

"We're just incredibly stunned," Holdaway said.

Byron James Armstrong, 23, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Monday charged with his murder. He was remanded in custody until March 13 where he is expected to enter a plea.

Police opened a homicide investigation after they found Pan dead in his home on Fiesta Dr about 11.30pm. Police allege the death was connected with a car crash which occurred just afterwards, 3.5 km away in Gosford Dr, Pakuranga. 

Armstrong, who was driving the car, drove his 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Sport into a house, taking out a lamp post in the process and had to be cut from the vehicle by firefighters. 

He was covered in blood and had suffered stab wounds, however, his injuries were not life-threatening.

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