Thursday 20 November 2014

Man (21) charged in relation to murder of Michael Hunt

Published 19/03/2014 | 23:35

Michael Hunt was originally from Wexford
Michael Hunt was originally from Waterford

A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of an Irish man in London.

Arry James Green (21), of no fixed abode, will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today, charged with the murder of Michael Hunt (37).

Mr Hunt (37) was found with serious injuries to his head and body in a skip in an alleyway off Station Road in the South Norwood area at around 7am on Saturday morning.

Known as “Irish Mike”, he was originally from Co Waterford but had moved to Croydon in London about six years ago.

He was found beaten and lying in a skip off Station Road on Saturday morning and died in hospital some hours later.

A shrine, including flowers and messages of tribute, has been set up close to where his body was discovered.

Police arrested Arry James Green in Purley on Tuesday and held him in custody.

A post-mortem began on Sunday but has yet to make any conclusions, while the inquest into his death opened and adjourned at Croydon Coroner's Court.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway said: "Michael Hunt was well known in the local community and I would urge anyone with information, or who may have seen Mr Hunt in the time prior to him being found, to come forward and speak to police.

"The information available to us at this stage leads us to believe that Mr Hunt was not the victim of a stranger or random attack. However, our enquiries continue.

"At this time our thoughts are with Michael's friends and family, both here in London and in Ireland."

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