Family flown in to identify body

Last updated 08:56 19/02/2013

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The family of a 24-year-old man who died of knife wounds in his East Auckland home have flown from Asia to identify his body.

Police said the man's name would be released once his body had been formally identified by the family who flew in last night.

The man died at his Fiesta Dr, Half Moon Bay home about 11.30pm on Friday.

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

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.

 

"We believe a knife is involved."

Police are also expected to today announce charges for the driver, who drove his 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage Sport into a house and had to be cut from the vehicle by firefighters.

He was found covered in blood and with stab wounds, however, his injuries were not life threatening.

"There is nothing to suggest anyone else, at this early stage, is involved," Gallagher said.

He said police were considering a number of theories, including whether the knife injuries on the man in the car were self inflicted.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the distinctive two-door Mitsubishi between 9.30pm and 11pm in Half Moon Bay, Pakuranga and Botany Downs.

"It was a significant crash in terms of the car taking out a lamp post and then collided with a deck part of the house," Gallagher said.

Anyone with information can call Counties Manukau Police on (09) 261 1300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and refer to Operation Katy.

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