The investigation into the death of Michael Montegriffo has now become a murder inquiry after a Forensic Pathologist established that he died of injuries which were “not consistent with having fallen from a height or being struck by a passing vehicle.”
Background To The Case
At about 11:15 on Saturday 7th July, police were alerted to the late Michael Montegriffo who had been found shortly before by a member of the public lying on the pavement by Gavino’s Dwellings and bleeding from an injury to his head.
GHA Ambulance personnel commenced immediate emergency medical treatment before Mr Montegriffo was conveyed to St Bernard’s Hospital, where intensive trauma treatment was continued to be administered by the Trauma Team at the A&E department. Despite every effort by the medical team Mr Montegriffo passed away from his injuries at about 13:17 that same day.
Coroner And Pathologist
Her Majesty’s Coroner was informed and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Michael Montegriffo’s death was commenced. A witness appeal was issued by police that same day and a number of people have already been spoken with.
A post mortem was conducted by a Home Office Forensic Pathologist during the course of yesterday which established that Mr Montegriffo died of injuries which are not consistent with having fallen from a height or being struck by a passing vehicle. This supports findings of examinations carried out of the scene.
The investigation is now a murder inquiry and further forensic work continues at the scene. Police are in contact with the family and they are being kept informed on the progress of the investigation.
The RGP says that whilst it has had a positive response to its witness appeal, it wishes to restate that officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in, or passing through Prince Edward’s Road by Gavino’s Dwellings on the morning of Saturday 7th July between 1100 – 1140hrs.
The RGP is also interested in speaking with anyone who may have been in contact with, or seen, Mr Montegriffo in the days before his death.
Anyone who believes they may have any information that might be of assistance to the investigating officers is requested to contact police at the earliest opportunity, by contacting the Duty Officer through the Police switchboard at New Mole House on telephone number 200 72500.
Prince Edward’s Road
Whilst the public will see an increase in police activity in the area from both uniformed and plain clothes officers, the RGP wishes to advise the public that this is due to continuing investigative work in the area and the need to preserve the scene whilst this work continues.
Prince Edward’s Road will subject to road closures throughout the course of the day. Officers will be on site to assist traffic which is being diverted to the upper town via Flat Bastion Road.