Weymouth murder investigation: Two people released

Weymouth murder investigation: Two people released

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:10am 16th September 2019.

A man and a woman arrested in connection with the death of a man in Weymouth have been released from custody while enquiries continue.

Dorset Police are investigating after the sudden death of a 75-year-old man.

They were called to an address on the Esplanade by the ambulance service to the address on Saturday 7 September 2019.

The death was initially treated as unexplained and enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death have been carried out by detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

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Tests revealed the victim had been assaulted.

'What the Post-mortem examination revealed'

A post-mortem examination took place on the afternoon of Thursday 12 September 2019.

Further neurology and toxicology tests have been requested before a cause of death can be given, but the pathologist stated that the victim suffered injuries that are believed to be consistent with an assault.

Following the conclusion of the post-mortem examination and as a result of further extensive enquiries, detectives launched a murder investigation.

'Arrests'

A 28-year-old woman of no fixed abode, who was known to the victim and had been arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail. A 37-year-old Weymouth man, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A 38-year old Weymouth man, arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in custody to assist detectives with their enquiries.

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Dorset Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Rich Dixey, of MCIT, said:

“We have kept the victim's family updated with these developments and they continue to be supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

“We are conducting enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death and I am renewing my appeal to anyone with information that may assist our investigation to contact us. Especially if they may have witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Esplanade, to the rear of Alexandra Gardens, on the morning of Saturday 7 September 2019.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190141132.