News from NZ Police –
As they review hundreds of images supplied by the public, Police say this assistance is enabling them to build an accurate picture of what happened in Waihi Beach early on New Years Day shortly before a man was fatally stabbed.
Waikato District Crime Manager, Detective Chris Page, said as Operation Brad, the investigation into the murder of 64-year-old Murray Wilkinson, heads into its eighth day the events leading up to the fatal attack are becoming clearer.
“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.”
Mr Page said about 30 Police staff from across the Waikato, Central and Upper North Island continue to work on the case as part of what Police refer to as a ‘whole of policing’ response.
While Police have a wealth of statements and images to review, Mr Page said 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.
The Operation Brad enquiry team can be found at the Waihi Beach and Waihi Police stations or contacted via the enquiry crimeline; 0800 OP BRAD (0800 672723). Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
News from NZ Police – January 7
About 30 Police staff from across the North Island are working on the seventh day of Operation Brad, investigating the murder of 64-year-old Murray Wilkinson at Waihi Beach on new years day.
“Over the weekend the scene examination of 25 Beach Rd, Waihi Beach was completed. The property was cleaned and then blessed by a local Kaumatua in the presence of Mr Wilkinson’s family. The address has now been returned to the family,” says Waikato District Crime Manager Detective Inspector Chris Page.
While this was going on an extensive search was completed in and around properties with the assistance of the Auckland based Police Specialist Search Group.
“These Auckland staff have returned but other officers from Counties Manukau, Waitakere, Bay of Plenty, Manawatü, Taranaki and the greater Waikato continue to work on the case as we apply a ‘whole of policing’ approach to solving this crime.
“During the course of our enquiries over the weekend a number of items of interest have been recovered, including several knives as the support of the local community continues.”
And while the public have been able to assist Police in traditional ways, such as advising them of suspicious objects on their properties, others have helped using more modern methods such as accessing social media sites.
This has helped Police build up an accurate picture of who was in the area at the time of the murder.
While the temporary Police station outside the scene has been removed along with the Police presence, members of the public can still access the enquiry team either at the Waihi and Waihi Beach Police stations.
The public can also contact the investigation team via the Operation Brad crimeline, 0800 Op Brad (0800 672723).
Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.