Fatal stabbing site probe over - updated


UPDATED: 12.30pm

Hundreds of images given to police is helping them determine what happened before an expatriate New Zealander was fatally stabbed on New Years Day.

Police are today reviewing hundreds of images supplied by the public.

Operation Brad - the investigation into the murder of 64-year-old Murray Wilkinson - is in its 8th day today.

Waikato District Crime Manager, Detective Chris Page, said the events leading up to the fatal attack were becoming clearer, thanks to the photographs.

"We knew there were a lot of people, predominantly intoxicated youths, in and around the area where the attack took place and we have confirmed there were several incidents of assaults and disorder.

"What the response to appeals for information and images has done however, is enable us to identify people, places and times as we piece together the various parts of the jigsaw of our investigation.''

About 30 police staff from across the Waikato, Central and Upper North Island are continuing to work on the case.

Mr Page said while police had a wealth of statements and images to review, this didn't mean they weren't after more and encouraged people who have not already spoken to the enquiry team to make contact with them.

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EARLIER:

The Waihi Beach property where an expatriate New Zealander was fatally stabbed has been blessed and returned to the family.

As the investigation into the murder of Murray Wilkinson continues into its eighth day, police report good progress.

Waikato district crime manager Detective Inspector Chris Page said the examination of 25 Beach Rd, Waihi Beach, was completed at the weekend.

"The address has now been returned to the family."

Investigators scouring the property and neighbouring sections were assisted by the Auckland based Police Specialist Search Group.

"During the course of our enquiries over the weekend a number of items of interest have been recovered, including several knives," Mr Page said.

Police continued to have the support of the local community he said.

Many members of the public already helped police by advising them of suspicious objects on their properties while others had helped using more modern methods such as accessing social media sites.

This has helped the police to build up an accurate picture of just who was in the area at the time of the attack on Mr Wilkinson, Mr Page said.

While a temporary police station outside the scene has been removed along with the police presence, members of the public can still access the team either at the Waihi and Waihi Beach Police stations.

The public can also contact the investigation team via the Operation Brad crime line, 0800 Op Brad (0800 672723). Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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