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Cardboard death a 'tragic accident'

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/07/2016

Daniel Bindner © NZ Police Daniel Bindner Police believe the death of a Te Awamutu man whose body was found inside a cardboard bale at a Hamilton factory was a "tragic accident".

The body of Daniel Bindner, 40, was discovered by a worker at the OJI Fibre Solutions cardboard processing plant on June 28.

Police believe Mr Bindner, who was recently estranged from his partner and had been sleeping rough, spent the night in a waste bin in Te Awamutu on June 21.

It was probable he was still in the bin when it was picked up by a recycling truck the next morning, and was killed at some point in the recycling process.

Detective Inspector Hywel Jones said police had conducted "extensive inquiries" into Mr Bindner's death and had not found any evidence it was suspicious.

"At this point we consider Mr Bindner's death to likely be a tragic accident, however we are still continuing our investigation."

Police were viewing CCTV footage to try and confirm his final movements since he was last seen at the Te Awamutu McDonald's at 11.04pm on June 21.

"When we are satisfied that all areas of the investigation have been exhausted we will likely be referring the matter to the Coroner," Det Insp Jones said.

"Our sympathies go out to Mr Bindner's family at this time." Support has been provided to the driver of the recycling truck.

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