Paeroa pizza man was shot to death

PAEROA PIZZA MAN: Jordan Voudouris.
PAEROA PIZZA MAN: Jordan Voudouris.

Paeroa pizza man Jordan Voudouris was shot, police have revealed today. 

In a media walkthough of the homicide scene in Paeroa today police said they believed Voudouris was shot between the hours of 1.30am and 4.30am on June 18. 

Voudouris' body was found in a pool of blood near the end of his driveway leading to Hall St behind his popular Mykonos Pizza and Pasta takeaway, where he also lived.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead said the case remained a ''real whodunit?'.

''We have not established why Jordan was killed. Often in such cases, in small communities, information vital to the case comes to hand at an early stage but to date we haven't been able to establish if this is a robbery that has gone wrong or if someone had a reason to harm Jordan."

Whitehead said that police had profiled Voudouris in an attempt to identify anything that may help.

"While it is not uncommon for people to speak well of a person after they have died, the police can usually establish if there is a darker side to their lives. In Jordan's case everything is overwhelmingly positive."

Whitehead said Voudouris left behind three children from a previous relationship and was remembered as a supportive, caring father. He was killed five days before his 56th birthday.

"Jordan grew up in an orphanage in Greece before travelling the world as a merchant seaman and, then, followed an older brother to settle here in New Zealand. He established his business in Paeroa eight years ago and was well liked.

"He was well respected by his staff and, when asked if he had anything troubling him, one worker said the last issue of concern Jordan had that she remembered was when he had to raise his prices because of a rise in GST," Whitehead said.

"She told us of Jordan putting a letter of apology to customers up in the store window and others told of a man who would give food away to kids on the street at the close of business or put extras in to customers' orders when he thought they had had to wait too long for their food."

Whitehead said the police had found nothing that contradicted the picture of a genuinely decent, kind-hearted man.

"In a way this then makes it more difficult for investigators. Here we have a decent man with no apparent reason why anyone would harm him, let alone shoot him.

"I believe the key to this case still lies in Paeroa. Be that someone who saw or heard something, perhaps not realising the significance, and hasn't told police or that someone has been told something about what happened and is keeping quiet. If that person is you we ask you consider contacting us."

People could contact the Paeroa police on 07 862 8744 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

There was also a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PaeroaPoliceJordanVoudourisHomicide.

Waikato Times