An independent homicide investigation is being conducted parallel with a Hamilton police one following the unexplained death of a Hamilton man.
The homicide investigation will be led by a senior police officer from outside the district.
Waikato District Commander, Superintendent Win van der Velde said the 26-year-old man who died in the Dinsdale home of his ex-girlfriend had been trespassed from the property in June.
He was known to police, but was not believed to be the father of the two young children present in the house at the time.
‘‘Initial interviews suggest when he gained entry into the house an altercation has developed between the intruder and a male occupant of the house,’’ Mr van der Velde said.
Two male police arrived at the scene after being called by one of the two women present at the house at the time.
When the intruder became quickly unwell following being handcuffed, the second woman, a nurse, assisted in initial medical attention while waiting for an ambulance, which arrived ‘‘quickly’’ on the scene.
The 23-year-old man from the house was taken to Waikato Hospital suffering from shock and possibly other injuries. It was unclear if he was still in hospital.
Mr van der Velde anticipated the name of the man would be released later today when his body was also likely to be removed from the scene for a post-mortem examination tomorrow.
Mr van der Velde said the police were working closely with all the occupants of the house, who were cooperating fully, and they were working with the family of the man who had died.
Mr van der Velde reiterated the investigation, which had been referred to the coroner, was at its early stages.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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