Men deny murder in burnt body case

AMY MAAS
Last updated 09:37 19/06/2013

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Two men accused of burning an Auckland man to death have pleaded not guilty and will go on trial.

Bryne Permal, 20, and Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18, who are both charged with the murder of 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad, appeared at the Auckland High Court today where they denied the charge.

The pair have been remanded in custody will go on trial in July next year.

Prasad's scorched body was discovered at the end of January on the side of a rural road in Kingseat, South Auckland.

Last month, it was revealed in the police case against two men that one of the accused owed his victim a debt.

Prasad was killed hours after taking $30,000 from his bank account, though the significance of the money was unknown.

When Prasad's father discovered the withdrawal he was so concerned he called police, who then discovered the burned body.

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

All details of the police case were suppressed until last month.

Detectives alleged that Kumar owed Prasad money and the two had been texting and arranging to meet so Kumar could pay the debt in the days before the young man's death.

On Wednesday 30 January 2013, the pair met near the Papatoetoe TAB.

Both drove separately to the ASB bank in Ronwood Avenue, Manukau, where Prasad walked into the branch and withdrew $30,030 in $100 and $50 notes, the police summary said.

Prasad phoned Kumar while in the bank and also texted him, saying "she getting money nw".

He took the money in an envelope, got back in his car and followed Kumar from the carpark.

Later in the day, Kumar and Prasad continued talking and texting, arranging another meeting after Prasad's soccer practice and after Permal finished work.

Prasad met Permal at his work and got into his car.

"The events between 9.19pm and 10.33pm are unclear," the police summary said, however at 10.33pm Permal and Kumar went to the Mobil petrol station in Great South Road, Papakura in Permal's car.

They filled two cans of petrol, and the $33 bill was paid with a $100 note.

Police say the pair then drove to McRobbie Rd in Kingseat and set Prasad alight.

Later, police say the pair wiped Prasad's cellphone and Kumar then sold it to another man at a petrol station before filling his car with petrol, again paying with a $100 bill.

In the following days, Kumar spent $3800. He also deposited $14,000 into a joint account with his father, and $4100 into his own account.

Other details relating to the police case against the pair have been suppressed. 

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