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Sister tells of victim's horror attack injuries

TRAGEDY: Michael Hunt

AS POLICE in London continue to question a man in relation to the death of Irishman Michael Hunt, his sister has spoken of how his injuries were so extensive it looked like he had been "hit by a 10-tonne truck".

Michael's sister Georgina said he was "loved by everybody" adding: "I can't comprehend why anyone would want to kill my brother.

Michael (37), originally from Wexford, was found naked after a severe beating in a skip in an alleyway off Station Road in South Norwood on Saturday.

He was rushed by ambulance to Kings College Hospital, where he died shortly before midday.


Police arrested a 21-year-old suspect yesterday and a Scotland Yard spokesman this morning told the Herald that he remains in custody.

Meanwhile, Mr Hunt's sister Georgina spoke of her heartbreak at his death.

She said: "He was my big brother and I adored him.

"He was the best brother you could ask for.

"He was always there for me and my kids if we needed him," she added.

She was speaking from her London home, where she said the family – originally from Kilmore Quay, County Wexford – moved 17 years ago.

Georgina said: "Police have told me he was so savagely beaten it looked like he'd been hit by a 10-tonne truck three times."

A post-mortem examination of Michael's body took place on Sunday at Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.

Police have confirmed that he suffered injuries to the head and body.

An investigation into the death is being led by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

"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," Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway said, in her appeal for help.


"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," added the Detective Chief Inspector.

Michael Hunt was known locally as "Irish Mike" and had been living in London for the last six years.

He was found less than a mile from his home.