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Forensic clues hold key to death; Police await tests on knife.

Byline: By BEN GRIFFIN Crime reporter ben.griffin@mrn.co.uk

FORENSIC material recovered from a bedsit could be the key to solving a death in Coventry.

Narada Wickramabahu, aged 31, was found dead at a bedsit in Gloucester Street, Spon End, at 12.40am last Thursday.

A post mortem examination found Mr Wickramabahu, a Sri Lankan, died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Now detectives are waiting for the results of forensic tests on a knife found at the bedsit.

Det Sgt Ian Knowles, of Little Park Street police, said it could hold vital clues about how Mr Wickramabahu died.

A 24-year-old woman, believed to be Lithuanian, who was treated in hospital after the incident, was arrested last week.

She has been quizzed by police and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Det Sgt Knowles said he wanted to speak to anyone in the area at the time of the incident. He is also seeking anyone who was with Mr Wickramabahu on the night he died.

Detectives particularly want to hear from a man who was seen walking from Gloucester Street into Barras Lane at about the time of the incident.

He was wearing a dark coat and aged in his early 20s. They appealed for him to come forward on Monday but they have yet to hear from him.

Police were called to the incident after a distressed woman telephoned the ambulance service to say a man had been stabbed.

Forensic officers spent several hours on Thursday hunting for clues at the bedsit, which is in a street of Victorian houses, and inquiries have continued over the Christmas holidays.

The coroner has been informed and an inquest will be opened in the next few days. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at Little Park Street on 0845 113 5000.

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