Thousands pass dead man in car

Thousands pass dead man in car

Last updated 09:05 06/03/2013

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A man lay dead in his car on a busy South Auckland road for five days before a resident raised the alarm with police.

Alvin Singh, 32, was last seen leaving his Mangere home on February 22.

He was reported missing later that day, but his body was not found until last Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Mark Gutry said a nearby neighbour reported the body to police after the car remained on the busy Puhinui Rd in Papatoetoe for five days, he said.

Gutry said it was unusual for a body to lay undetected for so long.

However, he said it would not have been easy to spot the man's body as he was lying down.

"He was in the front seat, which was reclined, and he had sort of rolled over on the seat," he said.

"After that time in a hot car, it wasn't pleasant."

The death was not suspicious and there was nothing in the car to indicate how he died, he said.

An autopsy returned inconclusive results, but Gutry said toxicology results were due back in the next few weeks.

CCTV footage showed Singh pulling up on the side of the road, walking around his car and getting back in.

Singh, a Fijian Indian, was convicted in December 2011 of forgery and providing false information in relation to immigration fraud.

He was sentenced to 5-months home detention.

His partner, Ravina Singh, admitted to 30 charges relating to an immigration scam and convicted to 11 months home detention.

The couple gained residence by faking job offers for themselves.

Forged stamps in the names of genuine Justices of the Peace were included in their visa applications.

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