Horror as father-of-two, 37, is battered to death on his doorstep after ‘road rage’ motorist follows him home following hit-and-run crash
- Stephen Walsh had been driving a Lexus which had collided with another vehicle
- Police looking for gold-coloured estate hit between 10pm and 10.30pm Sunday
- Mr Walsh did not stop at scene on Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, Nottingham
- Suspect believed to be other driver turned up at his house and beat him up
- Victim died from his head injuries and police tell killer: ‘We will find you’
Stephen Walsh, 37, was involved in a collision after the Lexus car he was driving struck a gold coloured estate car at around 10pm on Sunday and then beaten to death at his home
Police today launched a murder inquiry and are hunting for a driver after a father-of-two was found battered to death on his doorstep hours after a car crash.
Stephen Walsh, 37, from Nottingham, was beaten around the head in a suspected road rage attack on Sunday night.
He was found dead outside the new family home he had moved into with his partner and two children just two weeks ago, MailOnline can reveal.
Mr Walsh was involved in a collision after the Lexus car he was driving struck a gold coloured estate car at around 10pm on Sunday.
But he did not stop at the scene on Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, and instead drove back to his home on Blenheim Avenue – less than a mile away.
A man – believed to be the driver of the other car – turned up at his property and launched a vicious attack, subjecting him to serious head injuries.
The angry motorist then then left saying he would return the next day to exchange insurance details.
But Mr Walsh was found dead at 5.55am the following morning and a post mortem has since revealed he died of head injuries.
Nottinghamshire Police said the suspect had not yet reported the collision or come forward and said: ‘We will find you’.
Forensics officers were working at the home with a tent erected on the doorstep, where it is believed Mr Walsh was attacked.
Detective Chief Inspector Hayley Williams said it appeared the assault was a ‘spontaneous incident’ following the crash on the leafy residential street.
Mr Walsh was found dead on the doorstep of his new home in Nottingham, two weeks after moving in with his partner and two children
She said: ‘I want to appeal directly to the driver. A man has died and his children and family deserve to know what happened.
‘This will not go away. I appreciate you may be scared. I don’t think you planned this and I want to hear your side of the story.
‘I have officers waiting to speak to you now and it would be much better if you come forward, because if you don’t, we will find you.
‘I believe you have disclosed the crash, and possibly the assault to others, possibly your girlfriend and mother.
‘Please don’t create difficulties for them by expecting them to cover up for you.
‘I promise my officers will treat you fairly. By all means contact a solicitor and make arrangements to come in and talk to us.’
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Neighbours said he had only just moved in to the newly built detached property two weeks ago with his partner and two children.
One man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He’s not long been here. He only moved in a couple of weeks ago with his partner and two lovely looking children.
‘I shook his hand and welcomed him to the area and he seemed like a really nice bloke.
‘Its so tragic that this has happened and really shocking for this to happen around here.
‘Most people are working professionals and we never get any trouble here. The first I knew about it was when the police came knocking asking if I’d seen anything.
‘Your heart goes out to the lady and their two kids. They have moved here for a new start and it ends like this.’
Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘They seemed like a nice, normal family and very happy about their new home.
‘He certainly didn’t look the sort to get mixed up in anything nasty, I can only think he has panicked and driven off but you just don’t know.
‘The crash only happened around the corner so he couldn’t have been trying to out-run the other guy because it occurred so close to where he lived.
‘He’s probably come round to give him a piece of his mind and taken it too far which has ultimately ended in these tragic events’.
The initial crash was in Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, Nottingham, but Mr Walsh is said to have driven to his home a mile away where he was beaten to death
Det Chief Insp Williams, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit, also appealed for witnesses to come forward.
She added: ‘What we believe so far is that the person we are looking for is a white man in his 20s who was possibly driving a gold coloured estate car or car-derived van.
‘That vehicle will have some front offside damage.
‘I want to appeal to witnesses who know a friend, neighbour, colleague with such a vehicle to let us know, especially if it has accident damage or if they haven’t seen it since Sunday night.
‘If you are a garage who has been asked to do a repair on such a vehicle in the last 48 hours please let us know.
‘My officers are standing by waiting to speak to anyone with any information about Stephen’s death.’
Anyone with information is asked to called police on 101, quoting incident number 100 of July 30, 2018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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