8 Feb 2010

Police interview taxi drivers in homicide investigation

6:05 am on 8 February 2010

Police searching for the killer of Auckland taxi driver Hiren Mohini have interviewed more than 100 taxi drivers, and handed out flyers in a bid to jog the memories of passers-by.

Mr Mohini was stabbed to death about 1.30am on Sunday 31 January during an eight-minute journey with a passenger between the Sky City casino in the central city and View Rd, Mt Eden,

On Sunday evening, police interviewed Mr Mohini's driver colleagues, hoping they would remember information that could provide a vital clue.

Auckland Co-op Taxis general manager Barrie White, says police have identified 150 drivers who could have been in the city area at the time. Police carried out out one-on-one interviews at at the company's headquarters with some of the the drivers.

On Saturday, officers were at the taxi stand near Sky City, handing out flyers in a bid to jog the memories of people in the area.

Police are trying to identify a man seen in security camera footage shortly before the killing.

The footage shows a man walking along Queen St carrying a bag similar to a bloodstained one found near where Mr Mohini was killed.

The pictures were taken shortly before Mr Mohini, a 39-year-old father of two, collected his last passenger.