Police investigating after gay couple found dead in Sydney home

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Forensic detectives from NSW Police are investigating after officers found a gay couple dead in a boarding house in Redfern at the weekend.

Police found 52-year-old Steven Finlay (pictured) and his 32-year-old partner dead on Saturday night in the inner Sydney suburb.

A police spokesperson said around 11.50pm on January 29, emergency services attended the unit following a concern for welfare report.

Officers discovered the men’s bodies inside the unit and established a crime scene involving specialist forensic police.

“Detectives, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the men knew each other. Neighbours told the Daily Telegraph the two “likeable blokes” were a couple.

Finlay had lived in the unit, described as a long term boarding house, for a few years, one said.

A neighbour heard Steven Finlay and his partner fighting inside the unit before police made the grim discovery.

He said he’d heard “clashing moments before the room went quiet.”

“It was like he punched his mate at the wall and I woke up and said, ‘What the f__k are you doing? Stop it,’” he told the Telegraph.

“I heard bang bang bang, then it went dead quiet and the police came.

“They’re always fighting, I hear it.”

Soon after police arrived, he walked past the room and saw the men on the floor in a bloody scene.

“There was blood. A lot of blood. All on his arm. It looked like his arm had gone through glass,” he said.

He said one of the men was clutching his mobile phone in his hand.

NSW Police says investigations are ongoing

A neighbour told the Sydney Morning Herald the two men were a couple and she hadn’t seen the pair for days.

A NSW Police spokesperson told the Herald all lines of inquiry were open and investigations were ongoing.

Police haven’t alleged any other person was involved in the deaths.

NSW Police urged anyone with information to contact Redfern Police Station on (02) 8303 5199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Jordan Hirst
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