Man charged with Southsea beach torso murder

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DETECTIVES have charged a man with the murder of David Guy whose dismembered torso was found in a bin bag.

David Hilder, 46, of Richmond Road, Southsea, is accused of killing Mr Guy, 30, of no fixed abode, whose mutilated body was found on Southsea beach with no arms, head or legs six days ago.

Hilder was held in custody for four days after police applied to magistrates for extensions of time to question him.

He was charged this evening and will remain in custody overnight to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A police family liaison officer has informed Mr Guy’s next-of-kin.

Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex said: ‘I have been working closely with the Major Investigation Team and have today authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge David Hilder, aged 46, of Southsea, with the murder of David Guy, aged 30, of Southsea.

‘This follows the discovery of a male torso on Southsea beach in Portsmouth on July 3.

‘The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The defendant will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on July 10.’

Hilder was arrested by detectives in Richmond Road, Southsea, on Thursday night.

The following morning police discovered the lower half of Mr Guy’s body at low tide on rocks in front of Castle Field, Southsea.

Richmond Road in Southsea tonight remains cordoned off while police continue to comb the scene for evidence.

A post mortem was conducted on Mr Guy’s torso last week but police say it was not possible to establish a cause of death.

However the examination revealed Mr Guy was subjected to a ‘sustained and violent assault’ before he died.

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.