Police hunt for 'persons of interest' in Gurjit Singh homicide case

Police have revealed they're looking for "persons of interest" as part of investigations into the death of Gurjit Singh last week. 

Singh's body was found on Sunday, covered in blood and shattered glass at his home in Liberton, Ōtepoti/Dunedin - by one of his friends.

A homicide investigation was launched on Thursday after it was revealed he likely died of several stab wounds.

Police update reporters 

Det Snr Sgt Kallum Croudis provided an update on the case on Friday afternoon. 

"Police welcome any information about activity in the Liberton and Pine Hill areas, especially around 10pm on Sunday, January 28," Croudis told journalists. 

He asked locals in those areas with street-facing CCTV footage to contact police. 

"We have evidence to suggest there was a breaking of glass around that time [10pm]". 

Time of death  

Investigators don't know what time Singh died, Croudis added. 

"Identifying pathologically time of death is almost impossible." 

Croudis also said pathology results suggest Singh was stabbed with a sharp weapon, as opposed to broken glass. 

Evidence suggests there was no threat to the public and that it was a localised incident, he added.

It's believed Singh was the only person living at the house.

A tarpaulin covers a broken front window of the house.
A tarpaulin covers a broken front window of the house. Photo credit: Newshub.

The scene 

Narindervir Singh, of the Otago Punjabi Foundation Trust, described the scene to Newshub on Wednesday. 

"As per his friend, the door was open, the window glass was smashed and the curtain was hanging. He could see the blood when he went near to him, he was able to see the wounds as well. 

Croudis said there is no clear motive. 

One of the business vehicles inside the cordon belonged to Singh and another belongs to the friend who found him.

Stolen items

Singh's friends said he bought CCTV cameras after items were stolen from his garage two weeks ago.  

"It's clear that concerned him," said Croudis, "but that was never brought to the police. We found that out through enquiry. 

"But it did seem to inform the way he behaved when people visited his address." 

ESR forensic technicians are still at the scene, on their fifth day of painstakingly collecting "quite a number of biological samples", while 25 detectives are working on the case, Croudis said. 

It's "highly probable" a fight was involved before Singh's death, Croudis said, and it's not believed to be an ethnically motivated attack. 

"There's nothing we've found thus far to suggest any of that aspect around hate crime." 

Investigators are still analysing Singh's phone communications.

The scene on Hillary Street.
The scene on Hillary Street. Photo credit: Newshub.

'Making good progress'

Officers are still looking into Singh's movements and interactions before his death. 

"We're making good progress speaking to family, friends and colleagues," said Croudis. 

The family are receiving support from police and the local Sikh community, he added. 

"Mr Singh's death was a shock to those who knew him and we're making every effort to establish what exactly happened. 

"He's recently married, so we've been engaging with his wife. The point of contact for our multi-ethnic police staff is the father.  

"It's believed he'll be here on the 4th [of February]." 

Police cordons will remain on Hillary St for now.