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Pair 'bought fuel' before man burnt alive

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Update: 7:41AM THE police case against two men accused of burning a young South Auckland man alive has been released, revealing one of the accused owed his victim a debt.

Bryne Permal, 20, and Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18, were both charged with the murder of 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad, whose scorched body was discovered at the end of January on the side of a rural road in Kingseat, South Auckland.

Prasad was killed hours after taking $30,000 from his bank account, though the significance of the money was unknown.

When Prasad's father discovered the withdrawal he was so concerned he called police, who then discovered the burned body.

Police believed Prasad was alive when he was set on fire.

All details of the police case were suppressed until Monday, when most of the summary of facts was made public in a hearing at the Manukau District Court.

Detectives alleged that Kumar owed Prasad money and the two had been texting and arranging to meet so Kumar could pay the debt in the days before the young man's death.

On Wednesday 30 January 2013, the pair met near the Papatoetoe TAB.

Both drove separately to the ASB bank in Ronwood Avenue, Manukau, where Prasad walked into the branch and withdrew $30,030 in $100 and $50 notes, the police summary said.

Prasad phoned Kumar while in the bank and also texted him, saying "she getting money nw".

He took the money in an envelope, got back in his car and followed Kumar from the carpark.

Later in the day, Kumar and Prasad continued talking and texting, arranging another meeting after Prasad's soccer practice and after Permal finished work.

Prasad met Permal at his work and got into his car.

"The events between 9.19pm and 10.33pm are unclear," the police summary said, however at 10.33pm Permal and Kumar went to the Mobil petrol station in Great South Road, Papakura in Permal's car.

They filled two cans of petrol, and the $33 bill was paid with a $100 note.

Police say the pair then drove to McRobbie Rd in Kingseat and set Prasad alight.

Later, police say the pair wiped Prasad's cellphone and Kumar then sold it to another man at a petrol station before filling his car with petrol, again paying with a $100 bill.

In the following days, Kumar spent $3800. He also deposited $14,000 into a joint account with his father, and $4100 into his own account.

The remaining details of the summary were suppressed.

Both defendants were remanded in custody and would reappear in the High Court at Auckland in June.


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