House where murdered man's body found back on the market

The property at 117 Akers Rd, Linton -- where in 2013 Whetu Hansen, 48, was said to have been shot multiple times and his body stashed for more than a week. Photo / Supplied
The property at 117 Akers Rd, Linton -- where in 2013 Whetu Hansen, 48, was said to have been shot multiple times and his body stashed for more than a week. Photo / Supplied

A house where a murdered man's body was hidden for 10 days is up for sale as a "fantastic" development opportunity priced at $100,000 below its RV.

The property at 117 Akers Rd, Linton -- where in 2013 Whetu Hansen, 48, was said to have been shot multiple times, his body stashed for more than a week, and then sealed in a 44-gallon drum before being dumped in the Whanganui River.

Billed as having "lifestyle potential", the listing for the three-bedroom, one bathroom house and large section across two titles on Trade Me claims it's a "fantastic opportunity" to renovate, build or redevelop.

"This quiet setting has views with fully established plantations of trees on both sides, comprising of two titles," it said.

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Whetu Hansen. Photo / Supplied
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"A fantastic opportunity calling all serious handymen wanting to live the lifestyle dream.

"Huge development potential -- loads of space, loads of sheds -- bring the truck & digger.

"Renovate this large three bedroom home plus office, bring back to life the once great sunny entertainer's deck."

The house has a floor area of 117sq m, and sits on a 20,365sq m piece of land, and comes with "extra-large" former poultry sheds that "need work or demolishing".

The property is close to Linton School, and "only minutes to Linton, Massey and Palmerston North City".

Photo / Supplied
Photo / Supplied

The seller is seeking offers over $250,000 -- $100,000 below its RV, according to the listing.

Last November, Neil Raymond Swain, 58, was found guilty of murdering Mr Hansen.

The Crown argued Swain shot Mr Hansen five times after an argument, stored his body for 10 days, then sealed it in a 44-gallon drum before dumping it in the Whanganui River.

His defence argued that Mr Hansen arrived at Swain's Akers Rd property already fatally wounded and that the Crown had only proven he was an accessory after the fact.

OTHER MURDER HOUSES FOR SALE

30 Karamea Cres, Palmerston North -- The former Lundy family home where Christine Lundy and her daughter Amber, 7, were murdered in August 2000 was reportedly listed for sale during Mark Lundy's retrial last year. It was said to have been hastily taken down after a week, but the house is thought to have since been sold.

147 Aorangi Rd, Feilding -- The farm where Scott Guy and his brother-in-law Ewen Macdonald once worked together. Mr Guy was shot dead in the driveway of his home a short distance from the family farm in July 2010. Macdonald was acquitted of his murder, but jailed for other offences, and was released late last year. The Feilding property -- consisting of a farm and separate run-off property -- was put on the market last year by Mr Guy's parents, Bryan and Joe. It has since been sold to Manawatu dairy farmers, who will take possession in June.

- NZ Herald

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