17 Nov 2008

Police investigate homicide and suspicious death

9:13 am on 17 November 2008

The police in New Plymouth say the suspicious death of a man on Sunday is now a homicide inquiry.

Peri Niwa, 31, was found dead in a house in Squire Place in Blagdon just after midnight.

Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward says there appears to have been a confrontation between two groups before Mr Niwa's death.

He says Mr Niwa didn't live at the Squire Place house but knew the residents, and a post-mortem held on Monday will determine how he died.

Death at party in Taumarunui

The police are continuing to investigate the suspicious death of a man in Taumarunui following a party at a flat in Para Street on Friday night.

They say the death appears to have followed an altercation at the party, and they are appealing for information.

The man, who is in his 50s, was reported dead at 7am on Saturday. He has not yet been positively identified and the cause of his death has not been confirmed.

The party was attended by people who knew each other, and the police say they are focusing on the people who attended the party.

A post mortem will be held on Monday.