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Thursday 14 November 2019

Man (21) arrested in connection with death of Irishman left in bin

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

Joanna Kiernan and Cormac Murphy

A 21-year-man has been arrested by police in London investigating the death of Irish man Michael Hunt.

Mr Hunt was discovered by a shopkeeper and was rushed to hospital, but he later died from his injuries.

Mr Hunt (37) was originally from Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.

He had been living in the city for the last six years.

The body of Mr Hunt is understood to have been found in a bin by a shopkeeper on Saturday morning, who then raised the alarm.

An ambulance attended the scene off Station Road in South Norwood and took his body to Kings College Hospital.

Despite attempts to save his life he passed away just before midday.

Police in London are treating the death as "suspicious" and an investigation is being led by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command unit.

Mr Hunt was found on his own, seriously injured, in a bin down an alleyway between an estate agent's office and a supermarket. He was found less than a mile from his home on Holmesdale Road in the city.

Kandiah Subodaran, who owns Kupra News and Counter News in adjacent High Street, said: "He was a local customer, no trouble. We are shocked."

Mr Hunt, who was known locally as 'Irish Mike', had moved to London to find work.

According to his recent Facebook posts he had been feeling homesick before his death and hoped to return here soon.

"Luvin and missin my friends and mostly my family in Eire," he posted on his profile page. "I also haven't stopped dreaming about home all the time luv yous x."

A post-mortem was carried out yesterday to establish how Mr Hunt's fatal injuries were inflicted.

The results have not been made publicly available.

DCI Diane Tudway said: "We do not know, at this time, how the victim sustained his injuries, nor have we established a motive for any attack on him."

Irish Independent

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