First picture of murder victim David Guy released

One of the CCTV camera in the background, with Ben Hanvey of Beeny's Coffee, in Tangier Road, Baffins, and resident Cliff Golledge.  Picture: Ben Fishwick

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THIS is the first photograph of murder victim David Guy whose mutilated torso was discovered on Southsea beach.

Mr Guy’s relatives released the image today as Hampshire police launch a fresh appeal for information about the 30-year-old’s last known movements.

David Hilder, 46, of Richmond Road, Southsea, was charged with murdering Mr Guy on Monday night – four days after his arrest.

He is remanded in custody and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday.

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 last Thursday. Officers say he may have been riding the bike.

Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson from Hampshire Major Investigation Team said: ‘Although we have charged a suspect with murder, one important line of enquiry is to establish David Guy’s last known movements and whereabouts when he was alive.

‘Specialist officers are working closely with next of kin to keep them informed and provide support at this exceptionally difficult time.

‘Mr Guy’s family have kindly supplied a photograph of David, which we are publishing as part of a fresh appeal for information. Hampshire Constabulary is grateful for their co-operation in such upsetting circumstances.

‘We are appealing to anyone who thinks they saw David Guy between Saturday, June 30 and Monday, July 2. Even the briefest sighting or smallest piece of information could prove significant to our enquiries.’

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 last Tuesday.

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 Friday.

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

Anyone with information that could assist police with the investigation is asked to contact the Eastern Area Major Investigation Team at Fratton station on 101.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.