Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Mutilated Body Found On Wellington's South Coast

Man's Mutilated Body Found On Wellington's South Coast
New Zealand Police National News Release
1:06pm 9 July 2006

Police have launched a homicide inquiry after a man's mutilated body was found floating on the shoreline near the Owhiro Bay Quarry carpark on Wellington's south coast this morning.

The victim was partially clad and his hands were severed at the wrist.

Detective Inspector Harry Quinn, Wellington District crime manager, said the man, a European believed to be aged over 60 years, had suffered horrific injuries to his neck and his arms. Police believe an attempt had been made to sever the man's head.

"We don't know who is or how he came to be in the water," Detective Inspector Quinn said. "His death was both brutal and macabre and he must have bled profusely at the crime scene."

The gruesome discovery of the body was made about 8.30am today by an Owhiro Bay man walking along the coastal track from Owhiro Bay Parade towards Red Rocks. He noticed a man floating in the waterline about 500m from the Owhiro Quarry carpark and went to investigate.

Seeing the injuries, the man immediately called police. More than 40 officers including detectives, the Wellington Police Maritime Unit, Police National Dive Squad, Wellington Police Search and Rescue and the Specialist Search Group are now working on the homicide inquiry.

The body has now been removed to Wellington Hospital's mortuary for a post mortem later this afternoon. Meanwhile the popular walking track has been closed off to allow a thorough crime scene examination, with officers searching the ground and the water for items, including the man's missing hands.

Detective Inspector Quinn says there is no immediately visible means of identification on the victim. Police want to urgently hear from people who may know who he is.

The victim is described as a male European, aged more than 60 years, with grey heavily receding hair, moderately built, and 175 - 180cm tall (5ft 9 to 6ft). When found he was wearing dark trousers and black leather shoes.

"We're keeping an open mind as to how the victim got to Owhiro Bay. He could have been dumped at the water's edge from a vehicle or floated in on the tide," Detective Quinn said.

Police want to hear about any suspicious activity of landbased vehicles in the area since dusk last night. They're also keen to know about suspicious activity at wharves, jetties and boat ramps around the greater Wellington coastline - anywhere from Ngawi on the Wairarapa coast to Levin.

"One of our first priorities is trying to find out the victim's identity. If a man fitting the victim's description sounds like a family member or friend, then please contact us.

"This is a dreadful crime. There would have been a lot of blood at the crime scene, and in a vehicle or boat if either of these were used to transport him to the water.

"We also want to find the man's hands, any other items of clothing or evidence that will help us find how and why the man died, and who was responsible."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages