Accountant shocked at death

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 19:23 22/07/2014

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A man killed in his Auckland pawn shop was a hard-working businessman who worked seven days a week, his accountant says.

Paul Robert Fanning, 69, was killed on Saturday at his Ezy Cash Credit store in Takanini along with employee Paul Joseph Matthews, 47. 

A 25-year-old has been charged with their murders and appeared in Papakura District Court on Monday.

It’s alleged he went there on Saturday afternoon with his female partner who his lawyer said also worked at the shop. 

Fanning operated two businesses from the address, Ezy Cash Credit and Go Kiwi Pay Day Loans.

His long-time accountant said he was a savvy businessman and is shocked he died in the store he worked so hard for. 

‘‘I was absolutely amazed,’’ the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

‘‘(Fanning and Matthews) got along very well together. I wouldn’t know of any reason why this happened. 

(Fanning) came in a couple of weeks ago and dropped his books off. He never mentioned any security issues and he had no enemies that I know of. We’re supposed to live in a country that’s civilised. 

‘‘It’s a tragedy.’’ 

Fanning had a family living in Australia and he travelled back to see them several times a year, the accountant said. 

Fanning had started Ezy Cash Credit more than ten years ago but before that he had also had business interests while living in Australia. 

He loved his work and hadn’t spoken of retiring despite nearing 70, the source said. 

Name suppression for the man charged with the murders was about to be lifted on Monday, but the decision was appealed by his lawyer and the issue will be heard in the High Court.

Police are still looking for a brown Dickies hooded top that might have been discarded near the Avondale racecourse following the attack. 

The hoodie was likely to have blood on it and should not be touched, police said.

The cause of death hasn’t been released but officers said they’d found a ‘‘sharp item’’ of interest that would be subject to further investigation.

It appeared nothing had been stolen from the store, police said. 


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