Death at infamous address
POLICE are investigating a suspicious death at what locals say is a notorious crime house.
Police say Damien Loder Allen, 33, was found dead at a Hillsborough Rd property by emergency services last Thursday evening after a call from others at the address.
Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty says Mr Allen had suffered a head injury but that it was up to the coroner to report on the cause of death and an inquest would be some months away.
She says the pathologist has advised police of the likely cause of death but she would not say what it was.
A funeral was held for the victim yesterday.
People living in the street say the address is the former home of notorious drug dealers Albert and Richard Rhodes.
In February Albert Rhodes became the first person in New Zealand sentenced to jail for life for manufacturing methamphetamine.
He had a string of convictions in New Zealand and was jailed several times in Australia, including a year for improperly interfering with the body of a man who died guarding his cannabis crop.
He owes the Australian government $20 million in a pecuniary penalty order and was deported to New Zealand in 2004.
His brother Richard Rhodes was also sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his part in the drug ring, for which three other men were also sentenced.
The title of property shows it is co-owned by Albert Rhodes and two women.
Police confirmed they were familiar with the address and the investigation into the death was not their first visit to the property.
They say Mr Allen was not an immediate family member of those living at the address.
A woman living in the street says police had used her property in the past to conduct surveillance before making arrests.
“It hasn’t affected me, I’ve never felt nervous living here.”
One couple living in the street say the property has been a “terrible house” for years.
They say several generations of the same family have lived there and it is known for drugs, fighting and drinking.
“So many people come and go.”
The man says the most recent problems have been around loud partying and bad language, but they didn’t hear anything unusual last Thursday night.
The police have been called to the address numerous times over the years, they say, in what is otherwise a quiet area.
“I don’t think we will ever be rid of it, it’s such a big family, one will go and more will come.”
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