Karl Hodson's murder "robbed" his family, police said
A pair of stolen watches could provide vital clues in the inquiry into the murder of a 31-year-old man, Greater Manchester Police have revealed.
Karl Hodson was attacked with a knife following an argument with a man over a watch in Harold Priestnall Close, Newton Heath, on 23 March, police said.
The Breitling watch was stolen along with a Rolex watch from a house on Medlock Road, Oldham, the previous day.
Jamie Smith, of Petrock Walk, Newton Heath, has been charged with murder.
Det Ch Insp Jeff McMahon said: "Our inquiries have led us to believe that the Breitling watch played an integral part in a dispute shortly before he was stabbed.
A Breitling watch was argued about before the murder, police said
"The watches, which are valuable and distinctive, have never been found so I am keen to find out where they are now or speak to anyone who has been offered them since.
"Karl's murder robbed his family of a much-loved son, brother, boyfriend and father and we are doing all we can to make sure those responsible for his death are brought to justice."
Mr Smith, 27, is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court in July.
Another 27-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed until 25 June, pending further inquiries.