“..A man who leapt from a brothel window during an immigration raid filmed for reality television later died, it has been revealed.
The Immigration Service and police have confirmed the incident happened at Salon 33, a Chinese massage parlour in Panmure, Auckland, on November 22.
Footage from the raid screened last month on TVNZ’s Borderline series.
Former immigration minister Tuariki Delamere has accused the Immigration Service of using Gestapo tactics and conducting illegal raids for the show without proper documentation, a claim denied by officials.
Witnesses said the 38-year-old man panicked when he heard a commotion as officials and a Cream Media television crew entered the brothel.
He then leapt from a window seven metres up.
He suffered serious injuries but was helped by a friend back to his home in Manukau, where he died the next day.
Police and immigration officers involved in the raid knew nothing of the man’s injuries till friends told police of his death.
Neither police nor the Immigration Service would confirm the man’s name, nationality or occupation.
Neither would they say why he jumped to his eventual death.
Detective Senior Sergeant Karyn Malthus of Mangere CIB did not believe the man had worked at the brothel.
“That’s an inference you can draw. I don’t know what he was doing there.
“There’s nothing suspicious about it.
It’s just a terribly unfortunate accident.”