TWO men accused of burning a 21-year-old to death on a rural New Zealand road will stand trial today.
Bryne Permal, 22, and Shivneel Kumar, 20, are charged with the murder of Shalvin Prasad after his charred body was found in South Auckland in January 2013.
According to an alleged summary of facts, alarm bells rang with Mr Prasad's family when his father checked his son's bank account and found $30,000 missing on January 30, 2013.
He was so concerned he called police, who later found the smouldering body on McRobbie Rd in Kingseat.
Police were able to identify the victim only after analysing the fingerprints.
It is alleged Kumar owed Mr Prasad money and the pair had been contacting each other by text messages in the days leading up to the murder.
The pair met at the Papatoetoe TAB and later CCTV footage captured Mr Prasad arriving at the ASB branch on Ronwood Ave in Manukau where he withdrew $30,000 in $100 notes.
Later that day another meeting was allegedly arranged after Mr Prasad's football practice and after Permal finished work at Frucor.
Police say about an hour later Permal and Kumar went to the Mobil Station on Great South Rd in Papakura and Permal filled two cans of petrol. The $33 bill was paid with a $100 note.
It is believed Mr Prasad was alive when he was set on fire.
According to police, Kumar spent $3800 in the following days and also made two large bank deposits.
The trial in the High Court at Auckland before Justice Geoffrey Venning will see a jury empanelled this morning before the Crown opens its case.
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