Southsea murder suspect remains in custody for further questioning

SIGHTINGS PLEA The butcher's style delivery bike that police believe may be connected to the murder of David Guy
SIGHTINGS PLEA The butcher's style delivery bike that police believe may be connected to the murder of David Guy

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DETECTIVES probing the murder of a man whose torso was found in a bin bag on Southsea beach have just hours left to quiz the prime suspect.

A 46-year-old man from Southsea was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murdering David Matthew Guy, aged 30, of no fixed abode.

A curtain identical to the one wrapped around the torso on Southsea beach

A curtain identical to the one wrapped around the torso on Southsea beach

Magistrates yesterday granted Hampshire Major Investigation Team a further extension to question the suspect.

But by 7.41pm tonight detectives must have either charged, bailed or released him with no further action.

By law 96 hours is the maximum period a murder suspect can be held in custody without further action.

Meanwhile detectives hope pictures of a curtain and a distinctive bike with a box on the front will jog people’s memories and unearth vital evidence that could help their investigation.

Police probing Mr Guy’s death want to hear from anyone who recognises a butcher’s style bicycle.

They say it may have been used in Southsea between June 28 and last Tuesday, when the body was discovered, and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The latest appeals come after 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.

Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson, senior investigating officer, said: ‘It’s a very distinctive delivery bike and has a large box in front of the handlebars.

‘I would urge anyone who has seen someone riding this bicycle between Thursday, June 28, and Tuesday, July 3 to get in touch.’

Officers have also revealed that the torso found by foreign students in a bin bag was also wrapped in a curtain.

The pink curtain was labelled as a Wilkinson own brand ‘Wilko kids’ curtain, and officers want to hear from anyone who has recently thrown theirs away or knows of someone who has taken theirs down suddenly.

Detective Inspector Adam Price said: ‘The body was wrapped in a curtain identical to this one and we want to know where it came from.

‘It could be one of a pair or it could be a single curtain that has been thrown out. Either way the offender got possession of it and that’s why we need to trace it.

‘We’re hoping this appeal will jog the memory of someone who might have thrown it into a skip.’

As part of their investigation Richmond Road in Southsea today remained cordoned off for a fourth day while police combed the scene for evidence.

Anyone with information that could assist the murder probe should contact the Eastern Area Major Investigation team at Fratton police station in Portsmouth on 101, quoting Operation Nimbus.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.