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Three men charged over Matthew Goddard murder

By Lesley Houston

Three men have been charged with the murder of Matthew Goddard, whose body was found on Christmas Eve.

The trio, aged 25, 29 and 35, are expected to appear before Belfast's Laganside Court today.

Matthew Goddard, who was 41, was found dead in the living room of his house in the Chobham Street area of east Belfast at about 9.40pm on December 24.

He was last seen alive at about 6pm on December 23.

Police said Mr Goddard was killed in a "sustained and brutal attack" and had been beaten with his electric guitar and other objects.

A police spokesman last night said Detective Chief Inspector John McVea had confirmed officers from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch, who were investigating the killing, had charged the three men.

It is understood two of the men, aged 29 and 35, have also been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident at a pub in east Belfast the day before the murder, on December 23.

Three people - a woman aged 24, a man aged 21, and a 17-year-old male - previously arrested in connection with the brutal Christmas killing were all released earlier this week.

Just days after the murder, Mr McVea said: "One of Mr Goddard's hobbies was playing guitar and we believe his electric guitar was used at some stage during the attack."

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