The woman assaulted in an incident in Massey this morning is
expected to undergo surgery at Auckland Hospital today.
The woman, aged in her mid-40s and of Chinese descent, is now
in a stable condition at Auckland Hospital, detective senior
sergeant James Bothamley said today.
Police had spoken to her "very briefly" but would not be
releasing details of what she said, he told a media
conference outside the scene this afternoon.
She had fled to a neighbour's house with serious head
injuries following the assault.
The woman was due to undergo surgery for her injuries later
"At this point we believe the incident is domestic-related.
The body in a lower part of the address is the male partner
of the female who was assautled," Mr Bothamley said.
"At this point in time we are not seeking anybody else in
relation to this incident."
Neighbours reported a large explosion coming from the
property this morning.
Firefighters found a male body in the downstairs garage at
the house. It is believed a number of painting supplies and
other flammable materials were the likely fuel to the fire.
It isn't yet known how the fire started, Mr Bothamley said.
"The investigation is in its early stages, fire scenes are
notoriously complex to investigate and it will be sometime
before we know exactly what took place in the lower part of
Witnesses to the assault are being spoken to, Mr Bothamley
The circumstances surrounding the man's death were still
"At this stage what we have is a body in a garage and we're
still investigating it."
The man was also aged in his 40s and of Chinese descent. The
pair lived at the property where the fire took place and are
believed to have adult children from previous relationships
who do not reside at the home.
Police had received no previous calls for domestic-related
incidents to the home.
- by Patrice Dougan of APNZ