8 Jun 2010

Tauranga tragedy husband returns in 'deep shock'

7:38 pm on 8 June 2010

A Bay of Plenty taxi driver whose wife and daughter were found dead in their home has left a police briefing in Auckland sobbing and being supported by others.

Dev Sangha arrived back in New Zealand on a flight from India late on Tuesday morning.

Police found the body of 32-year-old Ravneet Sangha on Sunday at the family's Tauranga house, after a tip off from the public

A search for their two-year-old daughter Anna ended 20 hours later when her body was found on Monday concealed in the Ngatai Rd, Otumoetai, house.

Harvindez Singh Sangha says his brother came here for a better life and the deaths have rocked the Indian community.

New Zealand Sikh Society spokesperson Daljit Singh says Dev Sangha feels he has nothing left to live for and is in deep shock.

Mr Sangha was met by police at Auckland International Airport.

He was taken to Auckland Central police station to meet his mother and brother.

Court appearance

A 23-year-old man known to the family has been charged with murdering Mrs Sangha.

Police say further charges are likely to be laid when the man next appears in court in Tauranga on Thursday.

He was arrested after South Auckland police received a call from a member of the public who said they "wanted to do the right thing".

Police have completed one post-mortem examination but have not released any details about the deaths.

They say the bodies may have been in the house for more than a day or two.

Police won't comment on how 26-month-old Anna Sangha's body was hidden or whether any weapons have been recovered, but Western Bay of Plenty commander Inspector Mike Clement says homicide was apparent from the outset.