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Journalist probably knew killer: NZ police

Former journalist Derek Round probably knew whoever killed him and may have been in contact with them shortly before his death last week.

 
 

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FORMER journalist Derek Round probably knew whoever killed him and may have been in contact with them shortly before his death last week.

Police are also carrying out a forensic examination of a property in Field Street, Aramoho, as they look for the killer or killers of Mr Round, 77, who was found dead in his home in Campbell Street, Whanganui, on Thursday morning.

Mr Round, a former longtime Australian Associated Press employee who worked as its foreign correspondent in Papua New Guinea, died from several violent blows to his head.

“From our inquiry to date we believe the offender was in contact with Derek in the days leading up to his death – either by phone, text or in person,” Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby said on Monday.

“Because of this we want to hear from anyone who had dealings with Derek in the week before he was violently attacked.”

Det Sen Sgt Kirby said police believed items of clothing they had been seeking since Mr Round’s death had been worn by his killer or killers.

“At the moment I can’t go into how we know, but it’s why we need to locate this clothing,” he said.

The items police want to find are a red long-sleeved jersey or sweatshirt, a black leather sleeveless vest, dark-coloured stonewashed jeans, dark fingerless gloves, and a pair of dark-coloured sports shoes with white around the soles and coloured laces.

Police are also still keen to hear about more sightings of Mr Round’s distinctive blue Jaguar XJ6.

“We believe the person or persons responsible drove Derek’s Jaguar car to this property at some point between last Wednesday evening and Thursday morning,” Det Sen Sgt Kirby said.

“The pieces of this puzzle are slowly coming together and I remain very confident that, with the help of the public, we will get who was responsible for Derek’s death.”

Mr Round had also been editor of the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) from 1984 to 1989.

He served as NZPA’s correspondent in Hong Kong and London, and as NZPA political editor, and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010.

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