Levin man stabbed to death; three men arrested, one charged with murder

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested three Levin men in relation to the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Michael Les Valentine.

A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder and is remanded in Police custody. He is due to appear in the Levin District Court on Monday.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with assault in relation to the incident resulting in the death of Mr Valentine. He appeared in Levin District Court today and has been remanded in custody and is due to appear again on Thursday.

Lastly, a 29-year-old man has also been charged with assault in relation to the incident resulting in the death of Mr Valentine. He is due to appear in Levin District Court on Monday.

Officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Hercock says: “The information from witness statements has developed some positive lines of inquiry. We believe that prior to Mr Valentine’s death there was some type of altercation involving a number of other people.”

“In addition, we are appealing for sightings of a white Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD, registration CTJ418, between the hours of 6pm to midnight yesterday. We believe this vehicle has been used at some point prior to, and after the fatal stabbing of Mr Valentine.”

The scene examination is expected to continue over the next 48 hours. A post-mortem has been completed.

“We do not believe that this was a random attack. We understand that there was disagreement in regards to some minor matters between the victim and those arrested.”

Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death of Mr Valentine.

“Even though we have made arrests, this investigation is still ongoing and we are appealing to the public for sightings of the vehicle mentioned above and for any information relevant to this investigation. Please come forward and contact us if you know something,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Hercock.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Levin Police Station on (06) 366 0500. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – February 2
Levin Police have launched a homicide investigation following the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Levin man at a rural address off State Highway 1 overnight.

Police and Ambulance were called to the address north of Levin at around 8:30pm last night after receiving a call that a man had been stabbed. Ambulance staff made attempts to resuscitate the man however he was declared dead at the scene.

“Our focus is on the scene examination, and conducting an area canvas to determine the sequence of events that lead to the fatal stabbing,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Hercock who is in charge of the investigation. “We are in the process of interviewing witnesses and are making further inquiries to identify people that can assist us with this investigation,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Hercock.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Levin Police Station on (06) 366 0500. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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