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Death in Belconnen

By johnboy - 21 May 2010 28

[First filed: May 20, 2010 @ 15:17]

Oracle Apartments

We’re hearing there’s been a death in central Belconnen and a major police operation.

More as it comes to hand, post it if you’ve got it!

UPDATE: The ABC has a report:

The man’s body was found in an apartment on College Street in Belconnen around 12:40pm.

Police say it appears the victim suffered a number of injuries. They are treating the death as suspicious.

A large contingent of police is in the area.

College Street has been closed off between Benjamin Way and Condell Street while forensic officers investigate.

ACT Policing have also put out a release:

ACT Policing is investigating what is believed to be a suspicious death in an apartment in College Street, Belconnen, today (20 May).

Police were called to the scene around 12.41pm where the victim appears to have suffered a number of injuries, the full extent of which are yet to be determined.

The victim’s body was found within the apartment.

A crime scene was immediately established at the location and a section of College Street has been cordoned off between Benjamin Way and Cordell Street to allow AFP Forensic Services and ACT Policing detectives to conduct their investigations.

This investigation is likely to take a period of time during which access to the affected section of College Street, as well as a nearby apartment block, will be severely limited. Members of the public are requested to assist police by staying clear of the cordoned area.

Any witnesses who were in the area of College Street, Belconnen, around the time of the offence or who may have any information which could assist the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

Additionally we have unconfirmed (and increasingly dodgy) rumours in our comments of gunshots being heard in the area.

FURTHER UPDATE: From the radio, 4th floor of the Oracle Apartments.

Another Update: The following comment on this story is worth a look:

#13
sunshinelollipops
(Newbie)
18:53, 20 May 10
I live in the apartments, the cops have been questioning residents, they’ve been asking if we heard anything unusual last night (arguments/yelling) no mention of gunshots today though. Police are out searching the area for something and the underground carpark has been sealed off from everyone. They haven’t said anything apart from that a body was found in a unit in the back section of the Oracle and they’ve showed residents a picture of the victim, young asian guy. You have to have a swipe pass to access each floor or someone has to buzz you up though so whoever did it must have known him you’d assume.

One more update for the road: The SMH brings word that two women were taken by police from the scene.

We’ll really start a new story after this update: Crimestoppers informs us there are no signs of a robbery and an autopsy is underway.

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Death in Belconnen
JACT 7:20 pm 20 May 10

justin heywood said :

Police are apparently negotiating with a suspect as we speak. He has offered to turn himself in on the condition that he appear before Justice Higgins.

“LMFAO”

sunshinelollipops 6:53 pm 20 May 10

I live in the apartments, the cops have been questioning residents, they’ve been asking if we heard anything unusual last night (arguments/yelling) no mention of gunshots today though. Police are out searching the area for something and the underground carpark has been sealed off from everyone. They haven’t said anything apart from that a body was found in a unit in the back section of the Oracle and they’ve showed residents a picture of the victim, young asian guy. You have to have a swipe pass to access each floor or someone has to buzz you up though so whoever did it must have known him you’d assume.

skimitar 6:52 pm 20 May 10

Right near my work. The forensic lads were lifting up all the drain covers checking for something. Work rumour has it that it was a machete, but work rumour says a lot of things.

PM 5:02 pm 20 May 10

I’m retracting the claim about gunshots – the person who mentioned it had heard the rumour fourth-hand and it might have been speculation.

But it could have been shots – “a number of injuries” could be anything.

justin heywood 4:36 pm 20 May 10

The above was not a serious post.

justin heywood 4:35 pm 20 May 10

Police are apparently negotiating with a suspect as we speak. He has offered to turn himself in on the condition that he appear before Justice Higgins.

Pommy bastard 4:04 pm 20 May 10

I’m punting on Professor Plum, in the library, with the candlestick…

Kramer 3:52 pm 20 May 10

Very brief report from ABC saying the death was suspicious:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/20/2904982.htm?site=news

Lots of police currently in Belco, and lower section of College street is closed.

papadoc 3:46 pm 20 May 10

Male victim found bashed to death in his apartment on College Street. College street is currently closed…

missalli 3:37 pm 20 May 10
PBO 3:37 pm 20 May 10

Police say it appears the victim suffered a number of injuries. They are treating the death as suspicious.

PM 3:36 pm 20 May 10

In the office, which overlooks the vicinity, a colleague said there were shots.

PBO 3:35 pm 20 May 10

The man’s body was found in College Street in Belconnen around 12.40pm.

A large contingent of police is searching the area.

Officers have closed off College Street between Benjamin Way and Condell Street.

Dante 3:23 pm 20 May 10

Police investigate suspicious death in Belconnen

Release Date: May 20, 2010

ACT Policing is investigating what is believed to be a suspicious death in an apartment in College Street, Belconnen, today (20 May).

Police were called to the scene around 12.41pm where the victim appears to have suffered a number of injuries, the full extent of which are yet to be determined.

The victim’s body was found within the apartment.

A crime scene was immediately established at the location and a section of College Street has been cordoned off between Benjamin Way and Cordell Street to allow AFP Forensic Services and ACT Policing detectives to conduct their investigations.

This investigation is likely to take a period of time during which access to the affected section of College Street, as well as a nearby apartment block, will be severely limited. Members of the public are requested to assist police by staying clear of the cordoned area.

Any witnesses who were in the area of College Street, Belconnen, around the time of the offence or who may have any information which could assist the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/act/2010/may/police-investigate-suspicious-death-in-belconnen.aspx

dvaey 3:21 pm 20 May 10

ABC is reporting it here. Apparently its in the vicinity of College St, Benjamin Way and Condell St, almost across the road from the Winchester Police Centre.

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