Shalvin Prasad's brother issues emotional plea
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 4:42p.m.
The brother of a man burned to death in South Auckland has made a heartfelt plea to the public.
The body of 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad was found on fire on January 31 by a member of the public, about 5m back from McRobbie Rd in Kingseat, south of Auckland.
His brother, Pravin Prasad, says he is not only mourning the death of his only brother, but his best friend.
He says he and his brother were extremely close and Shalvin would have told him if anything was troubling him.
The night of Shalvin’s disappearance seemed just like any other night and Shalvin didn’t seem out of character at all.
On behalf of the family, Pravin is asking anyone who may know of how his brother’s fate came to be, to come forward.
Police revealed on Tuesday that Mr Prasad had withdrawn tens of thousands of dollars from the bank eight hours before he went missing on January 30.
Det Insp Lynch said none of Mr Prasad's immediate family could give any reason why he withdrew such a large amount of money.
"We're still interested in hearing from any member of the public who has any information about why Shalvin would be motivated to withdraw this money or what has happened to the money."
Police are also hoping Mr Prasad’s phone will help them find his killer, after it was found by a member of the public and handed to police.
The phone is now with the police electronjc crime laboratory for forensic testing.
Police would not say where the phone was found.
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10/02/2013 11:09:05 a.m.
The heinous murder of this young man is unbelievable. We need to get tougher penalties for the animals in our society that do these sorts of crimes. Victims and their families pay the ultimate price while the creeps that do it get to spend a few years in jail at the least. The conditions of jail can't be hard enough otherwise people would be breaking their necks to stay away instead of continually re-offending. Part of the problem is a lack of strong family bonds in many young ones that breeds a lack of empathy, respect and tolerance. There seems to be a lot of anger in our youth. It's not just poor families that can have children they don't care about. Many rich families just toss money at their kids instead of giving them the loving stability that takes their time and attention. This must make children grow up angry, without empathy and stability. Not in all cases admittedly but I believe this is a strong contributer to the violence that is out there and is just going to get worse. Having said that, I don't believe it's an excuse to do these crimes. Many people come from dysfunctional families and don't go on to kill. If we can't solve the problems at grass roots level then the justice system needs to be a whole lot tougher. Too much PC rubbish. Too many 'rights' and not enough responsibility. DNA has taken away the doubt in many cases and if someone chooses to kill, rape, abuse and maim then they deserve nothing. Every day brings new stories of terrible crimes. Are we getting immune to the shocking things we hear about? Too simply read it and cluck sympathetically is not enough. This could be our family tomorrow - or it could be yours. I watched Mr Prasad's brother speaking about him and imagined if that was our family and how we would feel. I for one am going to try and do more. Not sure how or what but maybe I'll start with victim support. Maybe a visit to the local MP?
8/02/2013 6:55:29 p.m.
I hope they find who did this shocking crime. My heart goes out to Mr Prasad's family.
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