“The call [to police] was made by the victim’s son who arrived and found his father deceased inside the premises,” he said.
“I’m not in a position to detail the nature of the injuries suffice to say they are significant and he died a violent death.”
Detective Solomon said the man, of Asian appearance, lived at the property alone but was frequently visited by family, including his adult children.
“As far as we know the deceased lives alone here and the only people that come and go are members of his family.”
“We still don’t know a lot about this homicide, we’re just speaking to known associates and trying to trace his movements during the evening.”
It is believed the victim lived at the property alone after his three adult children moved out in recent weeks. Police said family members were the only regular visitors to the home.
Detective Solomon appealed for anyone who might have seen or heard anything in the vicinity of Michael Street between the hours of 9pm and midnight on Friday to contact Crimestoppers or their local police station.
“Upon arrival police located a deceased male person inside the premises, who resides here… Ambulance Victoria also attended and it was quickly established that he had sustained some significant injuries and that the death is being treated as suspicious,” he said.
“The investigation is in its very early stages. We have forensic crime scene investigators here conducting a forensic examination of the scene. It’s too early at this stage to make any determination at all as to a motive or the identity of the person or persons responsible for the death of the victim.”
A woman, who said her daughter owned the property and rented it to the deceased man, arrived in the street mid-morning.
She said the victim worked at a “very famous” Chinese restaurant at Northland.
“He was a very nice man. He was softly spoken. He wasn’t a violent man. I am very sad,” she said.
“His children were living here but they moved out a few weeks ago or a month, I’m not sure.”
She said they had been living at the property for “a few years”.
Neighbour Teresa Scilipoti said she was woken by sirens at about 11.30pm. When she looked down the street there were police everywhere.
She said a short time later three car loads of people arrived at the house.
“They were Asian in appearance. They could have been family. We don’t know. But they left about half an hour later.”
“We didn’t know the man who lives there. We walk the dog all the time but we had never seen him.”
“It’s usually a very quiet street and neighbourhood,” said Ms Scilipoti, who has lived in the area for four years.
Other neighbours said they didn’t know what was unfolding in their neighbourhood until police knocked on their doors around 2.30am.
“I heard sirens just after 11 and then I got a knock on the door at 2.30,” said another neighbour Bill Rama, who has lived in the street for 40 years.
“But apart from that I didn’t hear anything,” he said.
“I don’t even know who lives there. I’ve never seen him, so it’s a bit of a surprise,” he said.
Next door neighbour Graeme Floody said they were “perfect” neighbours.
“We never had a hassle. They are so quiet you wouldn’t even know they were there. For the most part I think there was only one gentleman [living] there but they were perfect as far as neighbours were concerned.
“We never heard any arguments. We never heard any noise.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Rachel covers general and breaking news for The Age.
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