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Southbourne murder investigation - Man charged

Detectives investigating a suspicious death in Bournemouth have charged a man with murder – with investigators continuing to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

The body of a man was located at an address at Lacey Court on Stedman Road in Southbourne at around 1.30pm on Monday 17 June 2013.

Formal identification of the man has not yet taken place, however it is believed that he was a Bournemouth man aged in his forties.

Next of kin are aware.

On Tuesday 19 June 2013, a 26-year-old man was arrested in the West Midlands area on suspicion of murder and was conveyed to Dorset for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector John Gately, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This is a shocking – and unusual – incident and I want to reassure the local community that a thorough investigation is ongoing.

“I can now confirm that the arrested man has been charged with murder. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Friday 21 June.

“I can also confirm that this man is the victim’s son and that the death appears to be a domestic incident.”

The Lacey Court address was cordoned off while specialist investigators examined the scene. Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have been providing reassurance to local residents under the supervision of local inspector Chris Weeks.

DCI Gately continued: “The exact circumstances of the man’s death are being investigated by Dorset Police and Her Majesty’s Coroner, although I believe the victim may have died several weeks before he was discovered.

“Anyone with any information about the man’s death or anyone who has witnessed anything unusual at or around the Lacey Court address over the past few weeks – who is yet to speak with the police – should call urgently.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 17:147. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 20 June 2013