Murder charge laid over Sandringham dairy killing

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 25, 2022 |

Police have made arrests in the homicide investigation currently underway in Sandringham.

This evening, police took a 34-year-old man into custody at a New Lynn address.

He has been charged with aggravated robbery, and the murder of 34-year-old Janak Patel.

Additionally, a 42-year-old man has been charged with robbery in relation to the incident.

They are both expected to appear in the Auckland District Court on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police hope the news of an arrest brings some reassurance to the Sandringham community after this tragic event.

“The investigation has progressed quickly since Wednesday night and I would like to acknowledge the members of the investigation team who have worked hard to bring us to this point.

As part of the ongoing investigation Police are seeking sightings of a vehicle believed to be linked to the homicide.”

This vehicle was seen a number of times in the area before the aggravated robbery at the superette took place.”

It is described as a dark coloured Honda Inspire motor vehicle. Anyone who saw this vehicle before or after the incident took place is asked to contact Police.

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Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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