Mum of murdered son pleads for public's help

ON THE day of her son's funeral, the mother of a man killed in his Sydney home pleaded with the public to help catch his killer.

Police believe residents in Tahmoor could be protecting those responsible for the bashing death of Scott Hammond, because of his criminal history.

The 48-year-old was allegedly linked to the local drug trade and had been convicted for orchestrating dog attacks on several people.

His body was discovered on July 1 and showed signs of being viciously attacked.

Josephine Hammond flew to Sydney on Friday to attend Scott's funeral service.

She told reporters parents "don't expect to bury our children before we go" and asked those with information to "at least give police a chance".

Scott's sister, Kylie Gillies, said her brother had always been there for her when they were growing up and he wasn't "like that" to his family.

Detective Acting Superintendent Danny Doherty said he believed Scott knew his killer and there were people in the community with vital information that could help police solve the mystery.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  murder mystery

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