Man, 53, faces murder charge

A TOWNSVILLE man, 53, was last night charged with the murder of a Rockhampton man, Clinton Sheldon West, 34.

Police believe Mr West was murdered on Tuesday with an unknown weapon at a house in Elphinstone Street, North Rockhampton.

Regional Crime Co-ordinator Inspector Mick Niland said Mr West lay dead for a day before he was discovered by one of the occupants of the house, about 1pm on Wednesday.

Inspector Niland said Mr West's death was not originally treated as murder.

He said it was not until yesterday ? days after the alleged murder ? that an autopsy revealed Mr West had suffered a suspicious head trauma.

Inspector Niland said investigations had then led police to the Townsville man, who cannot yet be named for legal reasons.

"A 53-year-old male has been charged with one count of murder in relation to Clinton West's death,'' Inspector Niland said.

He is expected to appear before Rockhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Inspector Niland said despite the murder charge being laid, police were still appealing for help from the public. Police wanted to speak with anyone who had seen Mr West between Monday and 1pm on Wednesday.

"We're very interested in speaking with people that may know the movements of Clinton West.''

While Mr West's photo could not be released due to cultural sensitivities, he was described as being of Aboriginal appearance, medium build, brown eyes and dark hair.

Inspector Niland said a major incident room had been established yesterday to investigate Mr West's murder A crime scene was also set up at the house.

The Elphinstone Street address where Mr West died was not his home, but rather the home of a friend who later reported his death to police.

Mr West's defacto wife and family had been advised of his death.

Inspector Niland asked anyone with knowledge of Mr West's movements during Monday to Wednesday, or anyone with knowledge of the crime, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800?333?000 or Rockhampton police.

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