A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Nathan Russell, whose body was found inside a unit in Adelaide’s CBD on Tuesday evening.

Key points:

  • A 24-year-old man has been arrested over the death
  • The victim’s body was found inside a unit on Tuesday evening
  • Investigations into the death are continuing today

Police yesterday declared the death of the 46-year-old a major crime, saying it was the result of a “targeted” and “vicious” attack.

Mr Russell’s body was found about 6:30pm on Tuesday inside a unit block on Sturt Street.

Detective from Major Crime and STAR Group officers arrested a 24-year-old man early this morning in the city on South Terrace.

SA Police said investigations were continuing today and were focused on several properties.

“The investigation is continuing with detectives searching three premises in Adelaide and the southern suburbs today,” police said.

Major Crime Detective Inspector Brett Featherby yesterday said the attack on Mr Russell was not considered random, and was being treated as murder.

“Nathan was targeted at that address and subjected to a vicious attack,” he said.

Police have searched several premises today.(ABC News: Richard Davies)

Police have urged anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the Sturt Street unit complex in the city between Monday and Tuesday evenings to call them.

The 24-year-old man this afternoon faced the Adelaide Magistrates Court where his identity was suppressed, after police earlier indicated they would seek a suppression order.

A police prosecutor today told the court it would take 10 months to conduct an investigation.

The court heard CCTV obtained from within the unit complex showed at least six people.

“There’s a large volume of CCTV in the city and we’re in the process of tracking it,” the prosecutor said.

The case was adjourned until July, after defence lawyers argued “10 months is a long time in custody”.

The man did not apply for bail and the suppression order over his identity will be reviewed in two months.

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