9 July 2020

Police probe Dalmeny man's death

| Michael Weaver
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Dalmeny man who died at the Kingston Hotel.

Police have identified the man who died after an altercation at the Kingston Hotel. Photo: Supplied

A NSW South Coast man has been identified as the person who died following an altercation at a Canberra hotel on Sunday night (5 July).

The man is Warren Hordpenko, a 44-year-old from Dalmeny, north of Narooma.

Police are treating Mr Hordpenko’s death as suspicious. The investigation is ongoing.

Mr Hordpenko died shortly after an altercation with another man inside the hotel. He was pronounced dead at about 9:15 pm after staff at the hotel and paramedics from ACT Ambulance provided assistance following the incident.

Police are still searching for the alleged offender. About 20 to 30 people were in the hotel at the time.

Police are also investigating whether the two men were known to each other.

Detectives from ACT Policing are continuing their investigation and have spoken to a number of witnesses while also reviewing a large amount of CCTV footage of the incident.

Detective Acting Superintendent Matt Reynolds confirmed that no weapon or glass was involved during the altercation.

“We’re still reviewing the CCTV footage. We are also still speaking to all of the witnesses and staff at the hotel,” Detective Acting Superintendent Reynolds said on Monday (6 July).

“Obviously, this is a very distressing incident for members of the public and staff and we are still seeking anyone who has further information.”

No one has been arrested and police are urging anyone they haven’t yet spoken to who was present at the Kingston Hotel to contact ACT Policing or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Police also urge anyone who has images or video footage from inside the Kingston Hotel to contact police. Quote reference 6568891. Information can be provided anonymously.

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