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Police investigating the violent death of a homeless man
behind an empty shop on Auckland's Dominion Rd have identified
a man they want to speak to over the death.
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 said today they wanted to locate 28-year-old Justin
Vance Turner who was recently arrested for breaching his
prison release conditions.
Turner was a transient but was known to have frequented
Balmoral over the past month. Mr Cahill said Turner was a
person of interest in the homicide investigation.
Police also revealed today that they visited Mr Hussain at
his temporary squat, only metres away from the Balmoral
community policing station, the last evening he was seen
Two officers, accompanied by two Asian Safety Patrol
volunteers, were in the area at 6.30pm on Saturday after
being asked by a local business operator to speak to Mr
Hussain about recent behaviour in the neighbourhood.
Mr Cahill said the officers and volunteers provided valuable
information to the investigation and confirmed Mr Hussain was
in the company of another man at the time he was visited.
Mr Hussain was originally from Pakistan but had lived in New
Zealand since 1992. He had been living at the squat for the
better part of a year.
He is survived by his estranged wife and daughter, who live
The owner of a liquor store Mr Hussain frequented daily said
this week Mr Hussain had lost his wife and daughter and his
business before succumbing to alcoholism and life on the
He is the third homeless person in Auckland to meet a violent
end in the past 12 months.
Turner was described being of Caucasian appearance with olive
skin, short black hair, brown eyes and bushy eyebrows. He has
a prominent nose, is 176 tall, medium build and a neck tattoo
of a dog wearing a spiked collar
Anyone who had information on Mr Hussain's death or with
information about Turner was asked to either call the
investigation team on 09 820 5763, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ