First image of murdered lawyer as investigation continues

Police have released an image of a former lawyer whose death has sparked a murder investigation.

The body of Martin Decker was discovered at his Wirral home on Sunday evening.

A post mortem revealed he died as a result of a a severe head injury.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who can help them piece together his final movements to come forward.

Mr Decker was a popular lawyer who enjoyed a decades-long career working for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Not only did he oversee high profile criminal prosecutions, he also played a key role in the creation of the Merseyside Police Unity team that sought to improve the investigation of sexual offences.

Friends described him as a “gentleman lawyer”, while Siobhan Blake, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “We have been greatly saddened by the news of the death of our former colleague Martin Decker.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult and tragic time.”

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Mr Decker was a dedicated Tranmere Rovers supporter and his death led to the club releasing a tribute on Tuesday night.

Posting to Twitter, the club said: “Everyone at Tranmere is shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic passing of long time season ticket holder Martin Decker. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Police attended Mr Decker’s home in the Vyner Croft development of Prenton at around 5.30pm on Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death was initially treated as unexplained before examinations later revealed he had suffered a “severe blunt force head injury”.

The scene around his property was cordoned off and forensics officers could be seen carrying out enquiries on Tuesday.

Police Scientific Support on Vyner Croft.

Appealing for details, Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “This is obviously a very a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Mr Decker’s family and friends.

“The investigation is in the very early stages and we are currently working to establish Mr Decker’s movements on the Saturday and Sunday (March 6/7).

“Vyner Croft is only a small cul-de-sac and I am keen to establish if there was anyone seen in that road or any of the surrounding roads acting suspiciously prior to the discovery of Mr Decker’s body.

“I would ask anyone, including delivery or taxi drivers, who were driving in the area in the past few days to check their dash cam to see if they have captured anything significant.

“I would also ask anyone who may have mobile phone or CCTV footage to get in touch as they may be able to assist our investigation.

*Information and footage that could assist the investigation can be submitted here.

Anyone with information can also contact Merseyside Police via Twitter (@MerPolCC), by calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 21000146885.

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