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Murder probe: victim named as Lithuanian national Jevgenij Pisciuliov
A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man was found fatally injured in a stairwell.
The victim was found in the communal area of two flats above a chemist in Westbourne and later died in hospital of head and chest injuries.
He was named today as 32-year-old Jevgenij Pisciuliov, a Lithuanian national, living in Poole.
Police cordoned off the entrance to the property behind the Arrowedge Retail Chemists in Poole Road and a 37-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Ullas Patel, owner of the chemists and the two flats upstairs, inset, was at work at the chemists when a neighbour found the victim and asked for help.
Mr Patel said: “He came and said to me ‘Somebody has fallen down the stairs. Can you call an ambulance?’”
Mr Patel called an ambulance and went to check on the man and said he found him still breathing.
“He was a young man,” Mr Patel said.
“His head must’ve hit the skirting and his feet were still on the stairs so he must have slid down.
“He was at the bottom of two steps.”
Mr Patel said one of his customers, a retired policeman, came to help and they decided not to move the man for fear of causing further injury.
Scenes of crime officers continued to comb the murder scene yesterday.
Police said the victim had not yet been formally identified.
But they said he was aged in his 30s and his next of kin and the coroner were aware of his death.
He was found at 1.15pm on Saturday and taken to Poole Hospital before being transferred to Southampton Hospital, where he later died.
Detective Inspector Marcus Hester of the Dorset Police Major Crime Team appealed for information about the death and said: “I can confirm that a murder investigation has been launched.
“I would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious or unusual in the Poole Road area.”
Anyone with information can call the police on 101.