Stabbing horror - Neighbour in custody over man’s murder

January 10, 2018

Robert Strucelj is in police custody after the a stabbing death in Strathmerton on Monday morning. PHOTO: 9 NEWS

The accused's father, Mirko Strucelj, spoke to media about his son's arrest. PHOTO: NINE NEWS

A Bearii man is dead and a Strathmerton man is in custody following an alleged stabbing murder at a Strathmerton property early Monday.

Homicide squad detectives are investigating the death of a 32-year-old man after his body was found about 1.40am Monday in a Williams Rd property with suspected stab wounds.

The dead man’s neighbour, Robert Strucelj, 46, is being interviewed by homicide detectives.

The father of the man arrested broke down while speaking to media about his son’s arrest.

‘‘I asked them what happened and they said murder,’’ Mirko Strucelj said when asked about the moment police arrived.

‘‘There were two police ... Robert, he had handcuffs.

‘‘How would you feel if your son or daughter was arrested, if you don’t know anything?’’

Acting Superintendent Paul Hargreaves said an arrest was made near the scene of the stabbing.

‘‘It’s very early days and we are still conducting a number of inquiries in relation to how the event occurred, what occurred and specifically when it occurred,’’ he said.

Police cordoned off at least three areas close to the home in Strathmerton and refused to speculate as to how or why the incident happened.

‘‘We don’t think anyone else is involved,’’ Supt Hargreaves said.

‘‘We are satisfied we have the right people assisting us with our inquiries.

‘‘This was an isolated incident and there is no further risk to any other members of the community.

‘‘Any circumstance when a person loses their life is tragic ... the impact is magnified when people know those people and there is no doubt that people will.’’

Police have been conducting an intensive search around the property where the man was killed but have not yet found the murder weapon.

At the time of going to print no charges had been laid by police.

●If anybody in the area knows the circumstances surrounding the incident or heard anything, they are urged phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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