8 Feb 2013

Petrol likely accelerant in case of burnt man

7:54 pm on 8 February 2013

The police investigating the homicide of a man who was burnt to death say it's likely petrol was used as an accelerant to kill him.

Shalvin Prasad, who was 21, was found dead in a scrub fire in the South Auckland suburb of Kingseat last Thursday and the police say he withdrew a large sum of money before his disappearance.

Inspector Dave Lynch says officers will start looking at petrol purchases around the area where the body was found.

He says CCTV footage reveals Shalvin Prasad parked his own car 10km from where he was killed, on Plunket Avenue in Papatoetoe.

Inspector Dave Lynch says the CCTV footage is not clear but is the last time Mr Prasad was seen.

His brother, Pravin Prasad, is asking the public to come forward with any information about his brother's disappearance, describing him as "a great person".

Police revealed earlier this week that Shalvin Prasad withdrew a large sum of money eight hours before he disappeared. They still don't know what it was for.