Timaru police are dealing with their third homicide investigation in two months after a man was stabbed at a Marchwiel address on Saturday night.
Tony Francis Crammond, 44, received three stab wounds in the incident at his Glen St home. He was taken to Timaru Hospital by ambulance, but died a short time later.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said police and St John were called to the property shortly before 7pm, although she would not comment on how police became aware of the stabbing.
She said there had not been a party or any other gathering in progress when Mr Crammond received his injuries.
No charges have been laid in relation to Mr Crammond's death.
Ms Neill would not elaborate on whether the stabbing took place inside the house or in the yard, or to which part of his body he received the injuries.
A tent had been erected over an area close to the side of the house by yesterday, and investigators could be seen working in that area.
Asked whether the incident was domestic-related, Ms Neill would not comment, nor would she confirm how many people had been at the property when Mr Crammond was stabbed.
"We are treating it as a suspicious death but are still establishing how it occurred."
Police have spoken to all of those who were at the house at the time of the incident.
Ms Neill said police were not looking for a weapon at this stage.
Fifteen police staff were working on the investigation and both police and Environmental Science and Research staff were carrying out a scene examination at the property yesterday.
Curtains in the front rooms of the weatherboard and tile home were closed yesterday. The police scene tape also cordoned off a vehicle on the verge outside the house, which had a handwritten "offers" sign in the front window.
A post-mortem was carried out in Christchurch yesterday and Mr Crammond's body will be released to next of kin.
The death comes in the wake of two other homicides in South Canterbury in the last two months. Shane William Braddick, 28, was found dead on York St, Timaru, early on May 11. Timaru man Johnny Grant Holman, 25, has been charged with his murder, but is yet to enter a plea.
A fortnight later police were investigating the deaths of Czech tourist Dagmar Pytlickova, 31, and Jason Frandi, 43, of Waimate, after the pair were found dead in a forestry block 30km from Waimate. Mr Frandi is thought to have killed Ms Pytlickova before taking his own life.
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