A homeless man who died violently behind an empty shop on
Dominion Rd had lost his wife and daughter and his business
before succumbing to alcoholism and life on the streets, an
The body of Maqbool Hussain, 49, was found at the garage he
lived in behind a former green grocery store in Balmoral this
week after suffering what police described as a violent
Detective Inspector Chris Cahill said Mr Hussain had been
fatally assaulted sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday, March
22 and midday on Monday, March 24.
Police are still looking for his killer.
Mr Hussain had been living in the same spot for the better
part of a year.
"He had hit hard times and lived in what some would call
rough circumstances," Mr Cahill said.
Mr Hussain was originally from Pakistan but had lived in New
Zealand since 1992.
He is survived by his estranged wife and daughter, who live
The owner of a liquor store Mr Hussain frequented daily said
he found him accommodation at a boarding house on Balmoral Rd
but he didn't last there long.
Danny Narayan described Mr Hussain as a pleasant guy.
"If I refused to serve him he would always still thank me."
Mr Hussain would come in each day to buy a bottle of alcohol,
Mr Narayan said.
"And then I'd say to him, 'that's enough for you, because
you're damaging your health' and he knew that, and said 'I
know you care for me, you put me in the boarding house, but I
keep running out'.
"I said to him 'you've got to straighten yourself out'. He
said 'oh, my wife ran away, my daughter's gone with her, I
had four taxis and I've lost everything'.
'His father died about two months ago, and 28 days later his
mum died, he told me."
Mr Hussain's wife was from Samoa and had since returned to
there, Mr Narayan said.
Mr Hussain is the third homeless person in Auckland to meet a
violent end in the past 12 months.
Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson said the streets were
not safe for homeless people at night.
"We get very concerned for people who are sleeping rough.
"A lot of people feel quite vulnerable on the streets and
when something like this happens it makes them feel a lot
"I think anybody who's sleeping rough and sleeping in exposed
places are vulnerable to being attacked. When people are
asleep they're at their very most vulnerable because they
can't actually see if something's coming."
The problem wasn't Auckland's alone, Ms Robertson said.
"Whether they're sleeping rough in Wellington or
Christchurch...I think anywhere that you have people who're
sleeping rough [they're at risk]."