Members of the public rushed to the aid of a homeless man who
was fatally attacked in a central Auckland park last night.
The man was named by police this afternoon as 54-year-old
He died in hospital following the attack, which took place in
Myers Park, close to Mayoral Drive, shortly before 11.30pm.
Others in the park saw Mr Harris fall to the ground and ran
to give him first aid as they rang emergency services.
"They have seen an assault take place, or an attack, and the
victim fall to the ground, and then they have gone to assist
that victim, along with the police when they arrived,''
Acting Detective Inspector John Sutton said, adding that at
this stage they had not indicated seeing a weapon.
He said Mr Harris suffered a wound to his torso in the
attack, but could not provide further details until after a
post-mortem examination was completed.
He appealed for anybody who was in Myers Park or the Mayoral
Drive area at the time to come forward, in particular three
Asians - two men and a woman - ho may have witnessed the
attack, and a man, who earlier reports suggested had been
seen running out of the park.
CCTV footage shows the man - described as wearing dark
trousers and a light-coloured top - had not been running, Mr
Despite the heavy rain which fell in Auckland overnight and
this morning, the scene had been preserved.
"Of course rain does make it difficult, but the attending
staff, as soon as they got there, put into play some tents
and other things to protect the scene as well as we could,''
Mr Harris had recently been living with a friend in Epsom,
but before that he was living on the streets.
At a media briefing this morning, police were keen to assure
the public there was no connection between this attack and
the death of homeless man Edwin Linder, 42, in central
Auckland on August 3.
A teenager has since been charged with Mr Linder's murder.
"Rough sleepers by the lifestyle they live are a vulnerable
community ... but there's absolutely no indication that
there's any kind of link, in fact we're confident that there
is no link between the recent incident and the one
overnight,'' said Inspector Andrew Coster.
He said police would not be issuing any safety advice to the
city's homeless community in light of this latest attack.
"In our experience the rough sleeping community is very alive
to the situation in which they find themselves, there's no
particular need at this point, from our point of view, to
give them advice,'' he said.
Mr Coster also assured the public that the city centre is "a