Police search for missing knives in murder inquiry

A large police team continuing the investigation into the gruesome murder of Wellington man Matthew Hall are still looking for three knives that might be connected to the crime.

Mr Hall, 35, a mental health worker who was a long-serving member of death metal band Backyard Burial, was found dead in his bed from stab wounds after a ferocious attack in his home in Broderick Rd, Johnsonville, on February 15.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton, said close to 20 detectives were working on the investigation and still had more work to do to identify Mr Hall's killer.

"During this investigation there has been several people of interest. One of these people is Timothy Parlane, who made alleged admissions about being responsible for Mr Hall's death, before his sudden death in March. Given Mr Parlane is now deceased it has made it challenging for police to corroborate this."

Mr Parlane owned four knives - three of which he bought from auction website TradeMe in 2004. Police have found one of these knives but are hunting for the other three.

"Two of the outstanding knives feature in photographs taken in August 2010 for promotional material for the death metal band Bullet Belt, which Tim Parlane was a member of. We would like to speak to any of Mr Parlane's friends and associates who may know where these knives are now."

Mr Parlane might have sold, loaned or given away the knives to a friend or an associate, Mr Thornton said.

Police were also waiting on DNA results from ESR which would help in the investigation, he said.


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