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Neighbour chases man who murdered Adelaide grandfather

A man has described the moment he chased his neighbour’s alleged killer down the street with a baseball bat.    

Deon Hewitt, 74, was assaulted with a weapon, believed to be a hammer, and died at his Flinders Park home on Monday night.   

Neighbour Andrew Staalstra said on the day of the attack Mr Hewitt’s wife ran across the road screaming and rang his doorbell.

‘She told us frantically “my husband’s been killed by a man with a hammer, call the police”,’ Mr Staalstra told the Advertiser. 

  

Neighbour Andrew Staalstra said on the day of the attack Mr Hewitt’s wife ran across the road screaming and rang his doorbell 

Mr Staalstra ran inside their home with a baseball bat to find the grandfather on the floor with blood spattered on the walls.

He rang triple-0 before chasing after a man he said he had seen running from the property.

When Mr Staalstra caught up with the suspect, he was allegedly speaking on his phone in an agitated manner.

Mr Staalstra cornered the man until police arrived.

He said the man may have been affected by mental illness, or drugs.

Steven Patrick Berg, 33, was arrested nearby and on Tuesday faced the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court charged with murder.    

Berg not apply for bail, but a magistrate suppressed his image from publication.

Police said the attack was not random and no other suspects are being sought.   

A close friend and neighbour (pictured) of Mr Hewitt's said he was left devastated by the death

A close friend and neighbour (pictured) of Mr Hewitt’s said he was left devastated by the death

A chair is seen out on the street in Jellicoe Street, Flinders Park, in Adelaide's inner-west after the alleged murder 

A chair is seen out on the street in Jellicoe Street, Flinders Park, in Adelaide’s inner-west after the alleged murder 

A close friend and neighbour of Mr Hewitt’s was left devastated.  

‘I’m very upset because he was a great friend of mine, and it’ll hit me shortly,’ the man told Nine News.

‘I feel very upset to think that it could happen to a great friend of mine.’    

South Australia Police are investigating the circumstances which led to the bloody attack.

‘The incident is not believed to be random and no other suspects are being sought by police,’ a police spokesman said. 

South Australia Police (at the scene) are investigating the circumstances which led to the bloody attack

South Australia Police (at the scene) are investigating the circumstances which led to the bloody attack

'The incident is not believed to be random and no other suspects are being sought by police,' a police spokesman said (emergency services pictured at the scene)

‘The incident is not believed to be random and no other suspects are being sought by police,’ a police spokesman said (emergency services pictured at the scene)



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