Ques­tions over man’s death

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Po­lice try­ing to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pi­cious death in Hills­bor­ough are frus­trated by “ob­vi­ous gaps in hon­est in­for­ma­tion” from those who live at and visit the prop­erty.

Damien Loder Allen, 33, was found dead by emer­gency ser­vices at a Hills­bor­ough Rd house on Septem­ber 24 af­ter 111 calls from peo­ple at the ad­dress.

De­tec­tive in­spec­tor Scott Beard says a pre­lim­i­nary re­con­struc­tion of the homi­cide scene showed the area may have been cleaned and Mr Allen’s body moved be­fore po­lice ar­rived on the scene at 8pm.

“We’re ob­structed in our cur­rent in­ves­ti­ga­tions by peo­ple who, we be­lieve, are with­hold­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion that would as­sist us and Damien’s fam­ily to un­cover the truth around what hap­pened in the hours be­fore he died,” he says.

“Any­one who might be con­cerned about com­pro­mis­ing their safety can use the op­tion of a con­fi­den­tial call to the newly es­tab­lished Crimestop­pers line on 0800-555-111.

“Callers should re­fer to Damien Allen by name so that any in­for­ma­tion re­ceived is passed on to the cor­rect in­ves­ti­ga­tors,” says Mr Beard.

The post-mortem car­ried out the day af­ter Mr Allen’s body was found showed he died from a head in­jury and po­lice will keep in­ves­ti­gat­ing how he was in­jured.

Any­one who wants to speak to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion team should call the Auck­land cen­tral po­lice on 302-6400 and ask to be put through to Op­er­a­tion Ebb.

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