Murder a ‘fierce’ attack

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Det-Supt Brett McCann speaks to media today. Photo by Silas Brown

POLICE have described the gruesome murder of a 27-year-old Gungahlin man on Northbourne Avenue, Braddon yesterday as a fierce attack.

The man, who remains formally unidentified, had caught a Greyhound bus from Melbourne and arrived at the Jolimont Centre at 4am. Police believe he had called a family member before walking north along Northbourne Avenue.

His body was found under a tree, 15 metres from the road, outside the Northbourne flats by two people around 6.40am.

His head injuries were described as extensive and severe. Police believe a sharp-edged object was used in the attack.

Det-Supt Brett McCann said in his opinion there was significant ferocity in the attack.

He said although the man remains formally unidentified, they believe they know who he is.

“The family we are dealing with have indicated that the deceased male identity not be released,” he said. “ A post-mortem will be conducted Monday.”

Det-Supt McCann said early indications are that the man had called the family member to pick him up with a view of catching a ride home.

“What I want to stress to the public is we are seeking all information as possible any information you think might have is of value to us I’d really ask that you would provide us with the information and allow us to determine the liberty of the importance of it as the investigation unfolds,” he said.

The Chinese man, a university graduate who lived in Gungahlin with his family, was described as clean shaven with short well-kept black hair. He was wearing blue jeans, beige jacket to his waist and brown shoes and was carrying a bag.

Det-Supt McCann said there was no indication the man was linked with drugs in anyway.

Police are currently looking through CCT footage from the Jolimont Centre and have had between six and eight witnesses approach police with information.

At this stage, there are no motive or suspects.

People with any information on the attack are to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit


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