Murder accused named in Prasad case

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 11:28 26/02/2013
Shalvin Prasad
HOMICIDE VICTIM: Shalvin Prasad.

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Two men accused of murdering Auckland man Shalvin Prasad by burning him alive got tattoos together two days after he was found dead.

Bryne Permal, 20, can now be named as the second accused in the murder case after he was refused further name suppression at the High Court in Auckland today.

He and Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18, are charged with the murder of Shalvin Prasad, 21, whose scorched body was discovered a fortnight ago on the side of a rural road in South Auckland.

Prasad was killed hours after taking $30,000 from his bank account, though the significance of the money is not yet known.

Police believe Prasad was alive when he was set on fire.

Two days after the alleged murder, Permal boasted on his Facebook page that he and Kumar had gotten tattoos.

"Awesome day out with Shivneel Kumar getting tattoos together... Brothers LOOKN GUD together," he wrote.

Permal was denied name suppression in the Manukau District Court last week though he appealed that decision in the High Court.

Justice Timothy Brewer denied the application but suppressed the grounds on which the name suppression appeal was brought.

In court last week, Judge David McNaughton, suppressed all details of the case against the two men.

The judge also refused media permission to photograph either of the accused on the basis he was ''unable to determine whether the identity of the defendants will be an issue'' at trial.

Police said they were still looking for some property belonging to Prasad, including the keys to his Toyota Rav4, a house key, a steering wheel lock key, his wallet, ASB eftpos card and driver's licence.

Last week police revealed a third man was being investigated in relation "acts carried out in the days after the murder".

Both accused were remanded in custody.

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