A man whose body was found by a thief looking to rob his house had been burgled before and wanted to leave his Enderly home for somewhere safer.
And a relative of Ross Wilson is calling for the man who found him to be prosecuted, despite police saying it was unlikely the man would be charged.
"The guy shouldn't have been in there in the first place. He was there to do a burglary. I don't care if he got a fright."
Wilson had been burgled a few months earlier and she thought it contributed to his mental state prior to his death.
A Facebook post Wilson made on March 11 read: "To the scumbag who burgled my house - I hope I'm there to watch when karma comes and f***s you up."
A 21-year-old found Mr Wilson's body after breaking into the house on Eliot St in Fairfield just after midnight on Wednesday morning.
It is understood the man was so terrified of the find that he screamed, alerting neighbours.
Hamilton City tactical coordinator Senior Sergeant Freda Grace said she understood the would-be burglar then ran home where he contacted police and told them what had happened.
Grace said that, given the intense situation the man found himself in, he would most likely be let off with a warning.
"But the investigation is not complete - it is one day old and is something of a delicate and sensitive nature," she told the Waikato Times yesterday.
Wilson's death was not considered suspicious and has been handed over to the Coroner.
His relative said Mr Wilson, who was originally from Porirua, had six children who did not live with him and he worked in a sales job.
Although he "hated" the area where he rented a house he could not afford to move elsewhere.
"He said he had drug dealers and all sorts around him. I told him to get out of there but he didn't have the money."
His relative had not seen him for at least a week before his body was found and suspected Wilson, who lived alone, might have died some days before. She said he "seemed fine" when she last saw him.
- Waikato Times