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Source: New Zealand Police

Source: New Zealand Police

Wellington Police open homicide investigation after man dies following Porirua incident

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Christiaan Barnard

“Just after 4pm on Sunday 7 October, Police and other emergency services attended a scene on Warspite Avenue, where a man was located on the road with critical injuries.  A team of Detectives are working to establish how he sustained these injuries, but inquiries have established that he has fallen from a vehicle.

The man died last night of his injuries in Wellington Hospital and Police are now in a position to name him.

He was 19-year-old Sosiua Helotu Ula of Wiri, Auckland and Police extend their sympathies to his family and friends.

Wellington Police are still seeking the public’s help identifying anyone who may have witnessed this incident in Porirua on Sunday.

Mr Ula was taken to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition and died last night, Tuesday 9 October.

Mr Ula was described as solidly built, around 185cm (6 foot) tall, with a short black hair cut. He had a small amount of facial hair on his chin.

Police are seeking to reconstruct Mr Ula’s movements before he sustained his fatal injuries, and are appealing to the public for help.

Police still wanting any sightings of a black Mercedes, registration GPW495. Police would like to urgently speak to anyone who saw the Mercedes or any other car driving erratically near Waitangirua Mall that day.

Police are appealing for the driver of a red car driving east on Warspite Avenue that nearly had a head on crash with the Mercedes to come forward.

One person was taken into custody in relation to the incident and has been charged with driving while disqualified and supplying methamphetamine.

Anyone with information, no matter how small, can call Wellington Police Crime Squad on (04) 381 2000, or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 


Issued by the Police Media Centre