Burnt alive case: Men in court

AMY MAAS
Last updated 13:15 22/02/2013
Body in Kingseat
GRAHAME COX/Fairfax NZ

INVESTIGATION: Police and fire crews in Kingseat, Auckland, where Shalvin Prasad's body was found.

Shalvin Prasad
HOMICIDE VICTIM: Shalvin Prasad.

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One of the men accused of burning a South Auckland man alive has been named while his co-accused's identity has been kept secret.

Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18, and a his 20-year-old co-accused appeared at the Manukau District Court today charged with the murder of Shalvin Prasad, 21.

Prasad's scorched body was discovered a fortnight ago on the side of McRobbie Rd in Kingseat, Auckland.

Judge David McNaughton initially refused to grant the 20-year-old name suppression, however he reserved that decision until this afternoon as an appeal to keep the man's name a secret will be lodged with the High Court.
Name suppression for Kumar was not sought.

Judge McNaughton did not grant media permission to photograph or film inside the court room on the basis he was "unable to determine whether the identity of the defendants will be an issue" at trial.

He also made an order suppressing the police summary of facts.

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.

Prasad had saved the money withdrawn from his bank account over a long period.

The men did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody until March 13.

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