Michael Hunt killed by 'blunt trauma to the head' as family mourn 'happy-go-lucky' Irishman

Michael Hunt killed by 'blunt trauma to the head' as family mourn 'happy-go-lucky' Irishman

THE FAMILY of murdered Michael Hunt claim they will never forget the "happy-go-lucky" Irishman who was "loved by everyone".

A post-mortem report into the 37-year-old’s death in South Croydon, undertaken at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley, concluded today that he was killed by "a blunt trauma to the head and torso with associated complications".

Earlier today Arry James Green, 21, of no fixed abode, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court in Croydon, via video link from Sutton Police Station, charged with the murder of Michael Hunt.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey for a bail hearing on Monday.

A 24-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were arrested in Brighton today in connection with the incident.

At 10.30pm tomorrow evening police officers will return to the scene where he was found seriously injured in a skip in an alleyway of Station Road to conduct a one-week anniversary appeal.

They hope to encourage witnesses who may have seen something suspicious on the night the Co. Waterford native was attacked to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: "We will be returning to the scene to trace any potential witnesses who may be able to assist the investigation.

"Station Road is a busy area in South Norwood and we are looking for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on the night of Friday, 14 March into Saturday, 15 March."

Mr Hunt was found seriously injured in a skip in South Norwood at 7am on Saturday March 15; he died five hours later at Kings College Hospital.

Today, as they await an adjourned inquest date, his family made their first statement since the news of his death was reported this week.

“We love and miss you lots and lots, you will never be forgotten,” they said.

“Mick was such a kind gentle natured spirit, always happy-go-lucky with a dry sense of humour. He had a kind heart and was a loving big blue eyed sliver fox. Mick was very family-orientated he was loved by everyone who he came into contact with him.”

They added: "Right now we would appreciate just to be left alone to grieve in peace so please respect our privacy."

Mr Hunt, who was known locally as ‘Irish Mick’, had been living in the Selhurst area after moving to London to find work roughly six years ago.