Northern Ireland

Matthew Goddard murder: Two arrested in east Belfast still held

Chobham Street, east Belfast
Image caption The body of Mathew Goddard was found at a house in Chobham Street in east Belfast

A man and woman, both in their 20s, are still being questioned over the murder of a man in east Belfast.

Matthew Goddard, who was 41, was found in his house in Chobham Street at about 21:40 GMT on Wednesday.

He was last seen alive at about 18:00 GMT on 23 December.

Police said he was killed in a "sustained and brutal attack" and had been beaten with his electric guitar and other objects.

They said they were "not prepared to disclose the exact cause of death at this stage".

Det Ch Insp John McVea added: "Mr Goddard suffered a brutal and violent attack in the living-room of his home, a place where he should have felt safe.

"Mr Goddard was not previously known to police.

"We believe he may have been involved in drugs and this is one of a number of lines of enquiry police are investigating.

"At this stage, we do not know the reason why Mr Goddard was attacked, but this type of vicious behaviour has no place in society."

A 21-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were arrested in east Belfast on Saturday are being questioned at Musgrave Police Station.

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area between teatime on 23 December and 21:40 GMT on 24 December and noticed anything suspicious, or who has information, to contact detectives.

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