2 Feb 2010

Police trawl CCTV footage for clues to taxi death

5:20 pm on 2 February 2010

Police say closed circuit television footage could provide vital clues as they step up their hunt for the killer of an Auckland taxi driver.

Hiren Mohini, 39, was stabbed multiple times on View Road in the suburb of Mt Eden about 1.30am on Sunday after picking up a fare in the central city.

Police say a dark-skinned young man with long, greasy hair and a limp was seen fleeing the area shortly after Mr Mohini's car crashed into a tree on View Road.

The number of police working on the case has been increased to 40.

Detective Senior Sergeant Hywel Jones says on Tuesday some officers will examine CCTV footage and look for new footage from the area between Sky City and View Road, where Mr Mohini was killed.

Mr Jones is asking residents of View Road to check their rubbish bins and properties for any unusual items that could be evidence.

Hundreds visit grieving family

Hundreds of family and friends have been visiting the grief-stricken family of Mr Mohini.

On Monday night, the street where the Mohini family lives was filled with a steady stream of taxis and members of the Indian community offering support.

Family friend Satish Chopra says Mr Mohini's widow and mother are traumatised and devastated.

Mr Chopra says Mr Mohini's two daughters, aged two and five, do not understand that they will not see their father again.

A family friend, Bipin Tavadia, says a trust account for the family has been set up with the National Bank.

Mr Mohini's funeral will be held on Thursday.