Man found dead in a flat was murdered say police
THE death of a man discovered with stab wounds in a flat is now being treated as murder.
Detectives say they are ‘beginning to paint a fuller picture’ of the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, but have issued an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
William Phelan, aged 39, was found dead inside a flat on Kilnside Drive in Harpurhey.
Police and emergency services were called to the property shortly before 11am last Monday after receiving reports of concerns for the man’s welfare. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation was quickly launched and police said a postmortem examination has now confirmed the cause of death was ‘multiple stab wounds’.
His devastated family released a statement.
Paying tribute, his loved ones said: “We can’t begin to imagine life without William. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend with a heart of gold.
“We can’t believe this has happened and that he has been taken from us in such a sickening, cruel and heartless way.
“He was a kind, gentle guy who wouldn’t hurt anyone; he was always smiling and loved listening to his music.”
Enquiries are now being undertaken by GMP’s Major Incident Team.
Det Chief Insp Colin Larkin said the man’s family was being supported by specially- trained officers.
He said: “We have been carrying out a number of enquiries since Monday which have now led us to believe that he was murdered.
“We have updated his family on this latest development and we are providing them with support from specially trained officers at this truly devastating time.
“My thoughts and the thoughts of the investigation team remain with them as they try to come to terms with their loss.
“Our investigation is continuing to gather pace and we are beginning to paint a fuller picture of the circumstances leading up to this tragic incident.
“I would like to ask anyone who thinks they may have any information that can assist us to please contact police immediately.”
Anybody with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 6777, quoting incident number 705 of March 19. Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police and forensics officers at the house in Harpurhey