Husband and wife killed in ‘family harm related incident’ – police

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Police have released the names of the two people killed in Epsom, Auckland, and say the double homicide was a “family harm related incident”.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Detective Inspector Scott Beard confirmed in a statement that the two people who died from stab wounds on Friday were husband and wife Herman and Elizabeth Bangera, aged 60 years and 55 years respectively.

A man who is related to the couple is still in a critical but stable condition in Auckland Hospital, Beard said. He is under police guard and will be interviewed “when his condition allows”.

Beard said police were not seeking anyone else in connection to this incident.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard talking to the media about the stabbing incident in Epsom.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

A fourth person who sustained superficial wounds was a close family friend who had been called to the address, he said.

Post-mortem examinations and formal identification processes on the deceased couple were completed this afternoon.

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“The scene examination is ongoing, and the investigation team is continuing to speak to people associated with the family,” Beard said.

“Police wish to thank those members of the public who have provided information to assist. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of those involved in this tragic incident.”


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