Face of the day

If you’re in the Auckland region, keep your eyes peeled for this mongrel






Police investigating the series of recent attacks on elderly in their Auckland homes want to locate and speak with 36 year-old William John Murphy, also known as Wiremu Ruapapera.

William Murphy has been identified as the man in the picture taken at the Pt Chevalier ASB Bank on Thursday, June 20, a short while after a 79 year-old Westmere woman was robbed and tied up in her home.

Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus says information from the public has named the man in the ASB photo as William (Willy) Murphy and it’s imperative Police find him as soon as possible.

“He is a key person of interest in this investigation and we’d very much like to speak with him about his activities over the past week.

“Murphy is fairly transient between Kaitaia and Manurewa and anyone who knows where he is or how to contact him should tell us. We want to prevent any further such attacks on people in their homes – the very place they should feel and be safe.”

In all there’ve been eight similar offences against elderly victims in the region since Monday, June 17 and a further, possibly linked, theft of a vehicle in Penrose shortly before 7am on Thursday, June 20.

Ms Malthus says it’s not clear whether all eight offences were committed by the same person so it’s important that anyone with information about any of the incidents not close their mind to the possibility there are other offenders targetting our older citizens.

“In five of the eight incidents where elderly have been confronted in their homes, the offender has purported to be a Police officer.

“We are treating all these offences with urgency and have a team of staff from the three Auckland Police districts working on the investigation. We’re concerned the behaviour of whoever is responsible for these confrontations and attacks may escalate s

“It’s vital that people are cautious about opening their doors to cold-callers and, if they feel uncomfortable or doubtful about the authenticity of the identities proffered, to act on their instincts and call Police as soon as possible.”

Ages of the elderly victims range between 69 and 97 at the following times and locations:

• 10.45am, Monday, June 17, Remuera Rd – 75 year-old victim
• 8.23am, Thursday, June 20, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa – 76 year-old victim
• 9.10am, Thursday, June 20, Pupuke Drive, Takapuna – 97 year-old victim
• 9.45am, Thursday, June 20, Lake Rd, Northcote – 87 year-old victim
• 9.55am, Thursday, June 20, Curran St, Herne Bay – 69 year-old victim
• 10.20am, Thursday, June 20, Lemington Rd, Westmere – 79 year-old victim
• 8pm, Saturday, June 22, Dale Crescent, Pakuranga – 74 year-old victim.

Two cars stolen over the past week and which are likely to be linked to at least some of the home invasion offending are still outstanding – a two-door Honda Prelude, registration number DPD488 and a black Holden HSV Club Sport registration DBG685.

Anyone with information about William Murphy (Wiremu Ruapapera), where the vehicles can be found or anyone else who might be of interest to the investigation should call Police on 111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Issued by Noreen Hegarty
Auckland City Police Communications Manager
Ph 09 302 6947 or 0274-951-589
Website: www.police.govt.nz


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  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    If only the press would go interview this guys’ whanau, his parents and brothers and sisters. Give them airtime and allow them to support him or dis him. This would help to expose the extent of the rot and excise him from his support base. We need more of this naming and shaming.

    • williamabong

      Wasting your time, best solution 150 grain hollow point applied to the forehead, you would only have to solve the problem this way 10 – 15 times before even the thickest coon worked out it was a one way street. An added bonus the welfare bill drops and we don’t get the half breed mongrel offspring perpetuating the cycle.

      • jaundiced

        You had me up until ‘coon’. Were you abused as a child?

        • williamabong

          Agreed and suitably chastised, this particular “misguided young man” has already racked up more than 90 convictions, this doesn’t include the current spree,I am interested in what you think he should be titled.
          This “person” is a true paragon of the master race and a glowing example of why you should never put the sire back over the progeny, and if you want a true example of how fucked our welfare system really is here it is.

          • jaundiced

            Maybe ‘3 strikes and you’re out’ should include a mandatory castration to break the cycle.

          • blokeintakapuna

            Sounds like a great solution – but the lefties wouldn’t allow it. Instead – give him maximum jail sentence and to have him serve it out in it’s entirety in China – somewhere really hospitable, like Outer Mongolia – somewhere to make a Turkish Prison seem like Club Med…

          • Richard McGrath

            3 strikes with a machete to the reproductive organs perhaps?

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Kaitiaia? Can I please have somebody interview Hone?

    • Mr_Blobby



      How was that for you.

      • Rangi

        Odd topic to use your vibrator for ol’ son!?! – But, whatever gets you out of bed I suppose…

  • Bob

    When this scum is caught can he be charged with the offenses separately so he racks up all three strikes and gets an extended sentence?

    Hope someone knows where he is and turns him in, chicken shit scum that prey on the elderly are up their with pedos in my book, there’s is’nt a hole dark enough in our prison system where we can throw this worthless scum until he comes out in a box.

  • williamabong

    Stop Press – In the process of apprehending Willy numerous shot were fired, at the conclusion he body was found with fifteen bullet holes, a police spokesman said it was the worst case of suicide he had ever seen.

  • GazzW

    There was a distinct geographic pattern 20 June. He must have scoped those jobs beforehand to target all elderly victims in such a short timeframe.

  • Whafe

    His family or friends must be hiding him, they are as bad as this criminal is….

  • Rusty B

    Catch this bastard and remove “concurrent” from the sentence and replace with “consecutive”, this will solve a fair bit of continual re-offending.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Ask hone, he’s probably a member of his party.

  • Saccharomyces

    Ooh, I drive through Manurewa daily. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to add a nice red smudge to the bumper/bonnet of my car!

    • johnbronkhorst

      A racing stripe?

  • out2lunch

    One can only pray that Fudge Philippa Cunningham doesn’t get her grotty paws on this case.

  • GregM

    If there was ever a case for throwing away the key, this guy is it. 90 convictions and now he is robbing old ladies. Send him, and his mates who are hiding him to the poky for a very long time. I’m sick of shitbags like this.

    • Whafe

      Agree, even in prisin they have a code, leave children and grandma’s alone… This guy when he goes behind bars is going to get a very sore chocolate starfish!

    • Saccharomyces

      Oh, but Greg, you don’t understand. It’s not his fault! Society made him this way, he didn’t get food in schools when he was a kid, and he doesn’t get enough dole money. What will cure cases like this is more dole money and free housing. /sarcasm

  • Breaking news. Arrested at Puhoi. 9:30am

    • johnbronkhorst

      NOT Shot then?

      • GazzW

        Unfortunately no John. Doesn’t sound as though the police dog got a nibble either.

  • Col

    I can see this C*^* saying it was Koha, and Hone saying, yes it was Koha, and the old rich white folk don’t need that money they stole off us, so yes it is Koha.
    BOLT GUN anyone?

  • Great work by the NZ Police. And there’s not much point in Murphy applying for name suppression, given that his name and photograph are already out in the public domain.

    • Agent BallSack

      Unfortunately he now has no chance of a fair trial either and I bet you his liberal bleeding heart lawyer who has been paid hundreds of thousands to represent this guy over the last few years knows it.

  • AnonWgtn

    Police got him at 8am north of Auckland.
    Hope dog got him first.

    • johnbronkhorst

      Was the command to send in the dog……HOLD!!!
      or what it should have been………………….DINNER!!!!!!

  • Changeiscoming

    He looks Maori so you posting a photo is racist!

    • Dumrse

      And your problem is ?

      • Travis Poulson

        His problem is he didn’t make his sarcasm obvious enough for you to pick up :)

    • wiltinpenis

      Get real ! His name is Bill Murphy, obviously Irish.