Sunday January 29 2012
– Police are hunting the killer of a homeless man who was found dead on a footpath in the early hours of yesterday.
Detectives say the 31-year-old “met a violent death” and has “significant injuries”.
Ambulance Victoria confirmed the victim had been stabbed in the stomach.
In a bizarre twist, police officers had seen him and were trying to find accommodation for him.
Less than two hours after leaving him, he was found dead.
It was revealed the Melbourne man had been taken to the Alfred Hospital by ambulance at 6pm on Friday, where he had an examination and was discharged at 9.30pm. Police were called at 1am yesterday after he refused to leave the hospital premises.
“He is of no fixed abode and was in need of accommodation for the night, so at his request, officers took him to a crisis centre in Grey Street, St Kilda, but there were no vacancies,” Detective Sergeant Sol Solomon said.
“They tried another facility but that was also full.
“At his request, he was then dropped off at the corner of Grey Street and Jackson Street in St Kilda.
“That was the last time he was seen alive, on foot at 2.20am. He was alive and well.”
Sergeant Solomon confirmed the victim was known to police before being picked up from the hospital.
At 4.12am a passer-by found the victim dead on the footpath of nearby Barkly Street.
Police are searching for a large suitcase and two blue zipped bags the victim had when he was with police, but which were missing when his body was found.
Detectives are desperately trying to piece together the missing two hours and appealing for any witnesses who saw a man carrying such luggage in the area to come forward.
The victim is described as 173cm tall, of medium build and was wearing tan-coloured shorts, blue and red runners and a dark long sleeved top.
An autopsy will be conducted to establish the cause of death – Jon Kaila


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