20 May 2013

Big cash transactions revealed in Prasad case

10:14 pm on 20 May 2013

The police case against two people accused of murdering an Auckland man, who was burnt to death, details a web of text messages and big cash transactions.

The body of 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad was found in a scrub fire in February this year.

Shivneel Kumar and Bryne Permal are charged with his murder and appeared in Manukau District Court on Monday where suppression of the police summary of facts on the case has been partially lifted.

The summary says Shalvin Prasad's father reported him missing after he didn't come home and a check on his bank account revealed a $30,000 cash withdrawal.

It says the pair were sending texts to Mr Prasad and one of the accused was with him when the money was taken out.

The summary says on the same evening, the accused used a $100 note to buy two plastic containers from a service station and filled them with petrol.

It says police found Shivneel Kumar made nearly $4000 in cash purchases, and a $14,000 cash deposit into a bank account.

The summary says Bryne Permal deposited just over $4000 in cash into an account.