20 Nov 2020

Neighbours shocked as man charged with murder after Henderson death

4:41 pm on 20 November 2020

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after the death of a man in West Auckland last night.

Police at murder scene in Waitaki Street, Henderson, west Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Emergency services were called to an address on Waitaki St about 9.15pm and found a 62-year-old man seriously injured.

He was provided with medical assistance but died at the scene.

The alleged offender, 39 years old, was arrested after being spotted by an off-duty officer this morning.

Three homes were cordoned off on Waitaka Street in Henderson this morning. Police had put up a blue tent in the garden on one of the properties. Investigators could be seen taking photos and walking in and out of the house.

Neighbours seemed curious about what was happening across the road, Lino Rasmussen was one of them.

He said he was at the back of his house after 9pm last night.

"I was puzzled because I came to the front and I saw flashing lights from my door, so I took a look outside and then I saw all the emergency services," he said.

Rasmussen said it's a quiet street and a good neighbourhood.

"That actually is scary ...you'd think it's out of the ordinary actually to see emergency services on your street as well."

Another neighbour Cody Glover only found out what has happened this morning after returning from a night shift. He said it's normally a safe neighbourhood.

"A bit of a shock really...I've been here all my life. I grew up here and it's quite knew. Definitely a shock. This thing doesn't really happen in this neighbourhood," he said.

"Everybody gets along with each other around here neighbours kind of know who's who, so it's definitely a shock."

The alleged offender was due to appear in the Waitakere District Court today.

He was believed to have known the victim.

Police at murder scene in Waitaki Street, Henderson, west Auckland

Police at the scene. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Onlookers at murder scene in Waitaki Street, Henderson, west Auckland

People look on as police investigate the scene. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook