Tributes paid to Southsea murder victim David Guy

MEMORIES Friends have left messages about David Guy
MEMORIES Friends have left messages about David Guy
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HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to murder victim David Guy whose torso was found on Southsea beach.

Dozens of messages have been left on a page set up on Facebook called R.I.P. David Guy following the 30-year-old’s death.

Many people have shared their memories of David – who had been given the nickname Nic Nac – as they unite in their grief and anger at his horrific death.

Some are from former schoolmates of David, who went to St Luke’s School in Southsea – now Charter Academy.

Kirsty Anita Robertson wrote: ‘U were such a funny kind person and always made me laugh, got some good memories of u, thoughts are with ur family and friends xx’

Charmaine Thomson posted: ‘R.I.P nik nak such an awful thing to happen to anybody.

‘I’ll always remember you for the funny person you were and the banter you gave me in the playground. I always remember chasing you from a block at school to the music room trying to give you a playful dig. Hope you’re now in a better place.

‘My heart and thoughts go out to your family and close friends at this sad time and I really hope justice is done soon so you can rest in peace xxx’

Lucy Wren wote: ‘R.I.P nic nak! u were a sweet boy who was funny at school, u won’t b forgotten.

‘A funeral I will b going to. Love and best wishes to the family.’ And Tim Smithson wrote: ‘RIP David Guy.’

Mr Guy’s torso was discovered wrapped in a pink curtain in a black bin bag on the beach in front of The Pyramids, Southsea, shortly before 5.30pm on July 3.

It had no legs, arms or head.

Police search teams found the lower half of Mr Guy’s body on the rocks at low tide in front of Castle Field, Southsea at about 8am on July 6 – the morning after David Hilder was arrested on suspicion of murdering him.

Hilder, 46, of Richmond Road, Southsea, was later charged and remanded in custody.

He is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court in October.

Specialist divers from Sussex Police were drafted in by detectives in the hunt for evidence linked to the murder.

The team searched the area between Castle Field and the Pyramids leisure centre in Southsea on Thursday.

Officers have also searched an allotment in Locksway Road, Milton and Richmond Road, Southsea, which included forensic experts searching for evidence in a block of flats and specialist officers searching drains in the street.

Mr Guy’s grieving relatives have also released a photograph of him in a renewed appeal for information about his last known movements.

Police are putting up posters featuring Mr Guy’s photograph in the area in a bid to jog people’s memories.

The posters contain an image of a distinctive bike with a large box attached to the front.

Police want to hear from anyone who spotted murder suspect Hilder between June 30 and his arrest on July 5.

Officers say he may have been riding the bike.

Mr Guy is described as white, 5ft 6in tall and of a slight build with brown, unkempt hair.

He was last seen wearing a white polo shirt with blue horizontal stripes on that was untucked, blue jeans, and black shoes or trainers

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the Eastern Area Major Investigation team on 101, quoting Operation Nimbus.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

Callers do not have to leave a name.