A 24-year-old man found dead in his Wainuiomata home was likely murdered a day before his body was discovered, police believe.
Huri King-Mosen, originally from Rotorua, was found dead on the floor in a room at the rear of his Wainuiomata home on Tuesday about 3pm, with minor injuries around his head.
Results from an autopsy completed today indicated the Hutt Valley hairdresser was probably killed on Monday night, police spokesman Nick Bohm said.
''The results of the post mortem have come back and we now believe we are investigating a homicide.
''The pathologist has been able to confirm that the head injuries he sustained were likely to have been the cause of death.''
Police enquiries have established Mr King-Mosen had spoken to family about 5pm on Monday night, Mr Bohm said.
''Early indications were that he was probably killed that night. Our focus is particularly on that Puriri St property and any sightings of people or vehicles coming and going from that address on Monday night.''
Mr King-Mosen's body was found about 3pm on Tuesday by another member of the Wainuiomata household where he was living, Mr Bohm said.
Firefighters and ambulance were initially called to the scene, where Mr King-Mosen was discovered behind a door. The house had been secure, Mr Bohm said.
''The fire service team had to force the door to get into the room. Initially they attempted to resuscitate him but it quickly became obvious that he may have been there for some time.''
Mr King-Mosen's boss of four years, Shazly Rasheed, from Shazly Experience Hair and Day Spa in Lower Hutt, was in shock this afternoon after learning his death was a homicide.
''He was just the softest, gentlest, kindest person. He was a beautiful person, inside and out.''
When he had failed to show for work on Tuesday morning, she knew something was amiss.
''I knew something was wrong ... you feel it. I was in shock on Tuesday morning when he didn't come in to work. It was so unlike him. He was so loyal and reliable. Even if he was sick, he would come first and then ask to go home.''
She could not imagine anyone wanting to harm Mr King-Mosen, she said.
''He was such a happy person, he wouldn't harm anyone. I don't think anyone could even have anything not nice to say about him.
''Honestly, he would have been so scared. He probably wouldn't even fight back - but he could scream.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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