Police in Auckland on Sunday said that Indian-origin taxi driver Hiren Mohini's suspected killer may have fled New Zealand.
Mohini, 39, died in Mt Eden almost two weeks ago after he was repeatedly stabbed in his cab by a passenger he picked up from Auckland's central business district. And, last week, the police released security camera footage of an Asian man they said could be the killer.
But, investigation head Detective Senior Sergeant Hywel Jones, who called the suspected killer "cold, callous and brutal", told the 'New Zealand Herald' newspaper that it was possible the suspected killer may have left the country.
In fact, the 90-second video clip shows an Asian-looking man carrying a bag similar to a distinctive bloodied blue bag found a short distance from where Mohini died. The suspect can be seen walking through the city to the Federal Street, where he gets into his cab.
The footage also featured on the TV show 'Police Ten 7' on Thursday night, when Jones revealed details of the suspect seen in the area shortly after Mohini's death. He was seen running along View Road towards Esplanade Road, and soon after a man was reported standing on a carport.
"The person on the carport was bare from the waist up so it's possible he had discarded whatever top he was wearing. If anyone has found clothing they're not familiar with or is missing clothing or laundry from clothes lines, we need to hear from them," Jones said.
Mohini, survived by his wife Falguni and two daughters - Yashvi (5) and Hetvi (3), gave up his job as an accountant for Shell in India and came to New Zealand in 2003 from his hometown of Mumbai.