Auckland homicide weapon found

Last updated 11:37 09/01/2013

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Police have found the weapon they believe was used to kill a man in the Auckland suburb of Panmure in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Detective Inspector Mark Benefield said a knife had been found in a hedge near the scene on Pilkington Rd where 27-year-old Papatoetoe man Nathan Albert was stabbed to death.

Panmure man Peter Job, 38, appeared in Auckland District Court last week accused of assaulting Albert and was remanded in custody to appear later this month.

Benefield said more serious charges may be laid as the investigation continued.

Last week police called for the taxi driver who picked up Albert in town and dropped him off in Panmure to come forward.

At the weekend, the driver contacted police and helped them with their investigation. 

Albert was found just after 4am by the side of Pilkington Rd, where a member of the public unsuccessfully tried to revive him.

Benefield said statements from witnesses pointed to only one person being involved in the attack.

No-one else is being sought in connection with the homicide but police still wanted to speak to anyone who saw a man, wearing a light-coloured top and dark shorts, running from Panmure towards Sylvia Park early on New Year's Day.

Anyone with information can call 0800 4 TERRI (0800 4 83774) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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- Auckland Now

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