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Johnsonville man died after 'ferocious attack'

Published: 9:15AM Thursday February 17, 2011 Source: ONE News

Police say the death of a man in his Wellington home was the result of a ferocious attack.

The deceased was named today as 35-year-old Matthew Hall who lived in Johnsonville. 

Police say he died while in bed and was found by his flatmate early on Tuesday evening.
 
The man was part of a death metal band.

A post mortem examination was carried out on Hall's body last night, which found the preliminary cause of death was from multiple wounds to the body.

Officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton, says the focus of the inquiry now is to find the person or people responsible for Hall's brutal murder.

"Whilst we are keeping an open mind as to how Matthew met his death, we are still in the early stages of the investigation and it is the public who will help us solve this," Thornton said.

He said a free phone number set up today has already generated phone calls with helpful information, however, he is urging more assistance.

"I have no doubt that there are people out there who may have seen a person or people, entering or leaving 118 Broderick Road, Johnsonville, between the hours of midday Monday 14 February and Tuesday 15 February, before police were called just after 6pm."

He said: "Whilst people may think the information is insignificant to them, I cannot stress enough how important it may be to us."

Anyone with any information should phone 0508 BRODERICK (0508 276 337).

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