"My understanding is there was a very short time frame between the public notifying us of the incident having occurred and Kobi's mother making contact."
"Every relationship is a complex thing, particularly when there is also domestic violence involved in the relationship," he added, per the NZ Herald.
"And whilst I'm not at liberty to discuss the specifics of this particular situation, that will certainly form part of our investigation as to what was happening in the relationship and obviously, what was done prior to this particular incident."
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"(But) we have a beautiful face, which could probably be the face of domestic violence moving forward."
He said there were several witnesses who saw the distressing incident unfold at the popular tourist spot — including children.
"Obviously this is a highly distressing and emotional set of circumstances, not only for the family and friends of Kobi, and also Henry and Kobi's mother as well, but for the people who were witnesses who tried to assist Kobi at the scene," he added.
Shepherdson's page has since been filled with comments of anger and disgust — but also many of pity for the mental state he must have been in.