Matthew Goddard beaten and then murdered with his electric guitar

Matthew Goddard beaten and then murdered with his electric guitar

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team probing the murder of a man in east Belfast revisited the scene last night exactly a week after he was last seen alive.

Matthew ‘Mat’ Goddard was found dead at his home in Chobham Street on Christmas Eve after a “sustained and brutal attack”, say police.

The 41-year-old had been beaten with his electric guitar and other objects.

He was last seen alive around 6 pm when a neighbour noticed him going into his home.

The officer leading the investigation appealed for information, particularly about a disturbance in the area shortly before midnight on 23 December.

Officers have already said they believe the victim “suffered a brutal and violent attack” in the living room of his home.

Said Detective Chief Inspector John McVea: “I would particularly appeal to anyone who may have been in the Ravenscroft Avenue area of Belfast between 11:00pm and midnight on Tuesday, 23 December and may have heard or seen a disturbance to contact detectives.

“We have set up a murder incident room in Musgrave police station and I would urge members of the public who have information, no matter how insignificant they may think it is, to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101.

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Four people – including a 12-year-old boy, a 17-year-old male and a man and woman in their 20s, have been arrested and questioned about the murder.

However, all were released unconditionally.

Mr Goddard was not previously known to police but detectives.

But they suspect he may have been involved in drugs and that is one line of inquiry in the murder investigation.


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