A MAN accused of murdering David Guy whose mutilated torso was found on Southsea beach has appeared in court.
Flanked by two custody officers, David Hilder spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court today.
Dressed in a white T-shirt, dark blue sweatshirt and dark blue trousers, Hilder, 46, sat silent and expressionless, looking downward in the glass panelled dock in Court One, as prosecutor Giles Fletcher outlined the case.
District Judge Anne Arnold remanded Hilder, of Richmond Road, Southsea, in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday.
Detectives charged Hilder with murdering David Guy, 30, of no fixed abode, at 6.23pm last night - four days after his arrest.
Police were today searching an allotment in Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth, for more evidence.
Mr Guy’s mutilated torso was discovered on Southsea beach near the Pyramids leisure centre shortly before 5.30pm last Tuesday.
His body had no legs, arms or head and was found by a group of foreign students in a black bin bag.
Police discovered the lower half of Mr Guy’s body on rocks at low tide in front of Castle Field at about 8am on Friday, the morning after Hilder’s arrest on suspicion of murder.
A post mortem was carried out on Mr Guy’s torso last week.
Police said it was not possible to determine an exact cause of death.
However the examination revealed Mr Guy was subjected to a ‘sustained and violent’ attack before he died.
About 100 officers including detectives, forensic experts and specialist search teams are involved in the Operation Nimbus murder probe.
Police are conducting reassurance patrols in the Southsea area.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation should call the Eastern Ares Major Investigation Team at Fratton station on 101 quoting Operation Nimbus.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.