POLICE have launched a murder investigation into the death of a standover man and drug dealer, who died four days after being stabbed repeatedly in a suspected brawl over drugs.
Peter Dent, 48, was set upon by two men outside a Housing NSW unit block at Hamilton South on August 10, suffering multiple wounds to his chest, back and forearm.
In the days following the attack, Dent refused to co-operate with Newcastle City detectives and appeared to be recuperating.
But on August 14, he told nursing staff he felt tired, went back to his ward and was found dead in his bed.
There were theories about whether Dent died from his injuries or from another health problem brought about by his lifestyle.
But Newcastle City detectives have now joined forces with the homicide squad to form Strike Force Congregational, after forensic pathologists determined that Dent died from complications from the knife wounds.
Detectives will today return to the Glebe Road crime scene and continue doorknocking neighbours and residents.
They suspect the murder was drug-related and are confident there were witnesses to the attack.
‘‘We obviously wish to speak with the two men who were involved in the fight with Mr Dent,’’ Newcastle City investigations manager Detective Inspector Graeme Parker said.
‘‘Considering where and when the altercation happened, we believe there are witnesses who could help the investigation.’’
Dent was well known to police and had a lengthy criminal record, mainly for drug and violence matters.
Information should be forwarded to Newcastle City detectives on 49290999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.