Fatal injuries 'not from hit-and-run'

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 16:15 23/11/2012

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 The death of a man found with head injuries this week may have been accidental, police say.

Warren Noel Blackett, 44, was found at 6.30am on Wednesday in a Yaldhurst Rd driveway, in the suburb of Russley.

He died in Christchurch Hospital yesterday.

Police initially believed he had been the victim of a hit-and-run, but Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said preliminary findings from an autopsy today indicated his injuries were not consistent with a hit-and-run and were "unlikely to have come from an assault". 

"These are preliminary findings only, and the cause of death will be determined by the coroner,"  Hill said. 

"However, an accidental death, possibly the result of a fall or other incident, is a scenario that we are strongly considering. There is no evidence of foul play, and we are ruling out a homicide inquiry at this stage."

Hill said there was no indication alcohol was involved in the man's death. 

"Our investigations are continuing into establishing Mr Blackett's movements in the hours leading up to him being found, and speaking with acquaintances and associates," he said. 

"We have had an excellent response from the public to our appeals for information, with more than a dozen people coming forward to date."

Blackett was last year dubbed the "Goldilocks" burglar after he wandered into a Bishopdale apartment, removed his boots, socks, and jeans and fell asleep on a bed in an upstairs bedroom.

A judge told him he was "certainly no Goldilocks" at his sentencing. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on 363 7400.

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