Police say there are many reasons why someone may have wanted Scott Hammond dead and are not ruling out a revenge killing after he used his pit bull terriers to attack and wound four people in 2011.
Mr Hammond was found savagely beaten to death in his house on the outskirts of south-western Sydney along with a paralysed pit bull on Monday afternoon.
Police said they found the 48-year-old on the lounge room floor of an Ibbotson Street house at Tahmoor after a friend called concerned for his welfare.
Camden police Acting Superintendent Danny Doherty said homicide detectives were treating the death as a targeted attack and had many motives to sift through.
”It appears that the incident was a targeted attack and we have other motives that have to be looked at,” Acting Superintendent Doherty said. ”There are a number of lines of inquiry including the man’s history in relation to previous dog attacks.”
Mr Hammond pleaded guilty to using his pit bull terriers, Chocka and Girlie, to attack and wound four people in separate incidents at Tahmoor in 2011.
He was given a seven-month suspended sentence, ordered to pay $14,336 and destroy both dogs.
Several items were seized from the house but police would not comment on the suspected weapon used to inflict serious head injuries.
Police were waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
”But it appears he has sustained significant injuries, substantial head injuries,” Acting Superintendent Doherty said.
Mr Hammond had been unemployed and living by himself.
Police removed two dogs from the house and are checking to see if evidence, such as DNA, was transferred to them during the attack.
Detectives are yet to establish whether the paralysed pit bull was injured before or during the attack.
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