Two men charged with Auckland man Shannon Shelby Baker's murder

  • Updated
  • 12/02/2019

Police have arrested and charged two men with the murder of Sandringham resident Shannon Shelby Baker.

Mr Baker, 55, was found dead in his flat on Calgary St, Sandringham, on December 11 last year. Police say he was the victim of a violent assault and died in the early hours of the morning.

"Following a Police search at two properties this morning, Police have arrested two men, aged 28 and 34," Auckland City Police Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said on Tuesday.

"They are charged with murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary and will appear in the Auckland District Court tomorrow."

In January, Det Insp Pascoe said Mr Baker had been visited and threatened twice before his death.

The first visit occurred on December 2, when two male offenders arrived at the property and threatened Mr Baker, before stealing some of his property, including Mr Baker's wallet.

Mr Baker was visited again by one of the offenders before his death, where the offender came to his address and threatened him again before leaving.

Det Insp Pascoe said they believe the incidents are linked to Mr Baker's death.

"The only item we have identified as being taken on the night of Mr Baker's death is the electronic key to his green 2001 Mercedes," he said.

He says a large group of detectives have been working tirelessly for the past two months to find those responsible for Mr Baker's death, and to bring closure to Mr Baker's family.

"The investigation was a complex one, and we want to thank people who have contacted us after our many appeals for information," he says.

A family spokesperson said "the news that people have been charged has been the best news we could wish for and while the whole family is still angry that this happened we feel very relieved there has been a result".


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