Hunt on for killer after man found dead in car

A man found dead in his car in South Auckland was stabbed several times and police are searching for his killer.

Davender Singh, 35, of Papatoetoe, was found in a vehicle on Norman Spencer Drive just before 8pm yesterday and police are focusing on finding the man who killed him and the "sharp item" he used to do it.

At a press conference this afternoon Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said Mr Singh and his partner had stopped on Norman Spencer Drive to eat takeaways on their way home from work.

They did not live far from the area where the incident happened.

Police were unable to interview his 31-year-old partner last night because she was in such a "distressed state" but they hoped to speak to her at length today.

They did manage to get some details from her last night but she could tell them only that the killer was a man.

Police were unable to say whether anything had been taken from the couple or their vehicle until they had had further discussions with her.

No other description could be gleaned of the assailant and the woman was last night admitted to hospital because of her psychological trauma, rather than any physical injuries.

Mr Singh was extensively and fatally wounded.

"Mr Singh has got a number of wounds so there's definitely an indication of a violent struggle in or around the vehicle," Mr Lynch said.

Due to the nature of Mr Singh's injuries, police believed the culprit would have a significant amount of blood on their clothes.

They urged the public to look out for anyone who may have been acting suspiciously or discarding bloody garments.

Up to 20 detectives were working on the scene today, combing the area for evidence.

Mr Lynch said they were also interested in hearing from businesses on Norman Spencer Drive who had CCTV.

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