Two men charged with murder of Auckland man who suffered 'prolonged and violent' attack

Two men have been arrested and charged with murder following an investigation into the death of Auckland man Shannon Baker, whose death, police have said, was likely due to the contents of his safe.

A homicide investigation was launched after the 55-year-old was found dead inside his home on Calgary Street, in Sandringham, on December 11, Auckland City Police Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said.

Police said last month they believe Mr Baker suffered through a "prolonged and violent" attack as his killers tried to gain the combination for the safe at his home.

Two men, aged 28 and 34, were arrested after police searched two properties this morning.

The pair were charged with murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

A spokesperson for Baker's family said, "The news that people have been charged has been the best news we could wish for and while the whole family is still angry that this happened we feel very relieved there has been a result".

The men will appear in the Auckland District Court tomorrow.

Inspector Aaron Pascoe briefed media about the police investigation today.
Source: 1 NEWS