Killed pensioner a 'gentle, soft man'

Last updated 10:20 09/04/2014
Zijab Garibovic
CHRIS SKELTON / Fairfax NZ

MURDER ACCUSED: Zijab Garibovic appears at Auckland District Court.

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A 77-year-old man who was allegedly murdered in his Housing New Zealand flat on Friday has been described as a gentle man who always had a kind word to say.

St Johns resident Roy Eric Lowe was found dead in his village flat in Merton Rd in Auckland, on Friday night.

Long-time friend Faye Thompson said Lowe was a gentle and soft man.

"He always had a kind word to say to someone and if he could help he would help," she said.

Thompson met Lowe eight years ago and as he had just had a stroke, she said she helped him out where she could.

"He was a good guy," she said.

"He had done a lot in his life, he had achieved a lot and had travelled a lot."

She said he had support around him including family who helped him and took him shopping.

Thompson said she had kept in touch with Lowe online and was surprised to hear of his death and the circumstances around it.

Another friend described Lowe as "a laidback kind of fellow" who was very friendly.

Zijab Garibovic, 70, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Monday charged with the murder.

Judge Grant Fraser denied an application for the interim suppression of both men's names, saying that "the genie is out of the bottle" in both cases.

Garibovic was remanded to the Mason Clinic in Auckland for an assessment on whether he is fit to stand trial.

He will next appear in the High Court in Auckland on April 23, when the court will consider the assessment.

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