Police today praised the courage of the family of David Guy, whose body was dismembered after he was killed in Southsea.
Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson, who led the Hampshire Police investigation that led to the conviction of David Hilder for manslaughter, said: ‘The death of David Guy inflicted tragedy on the lives of everyone affected.
‘This case continues to have a substantial impact on David Guy’s family who remain resolute in trying to come to terms with what happened. We’re grateful for their courage and co-operation throughout the investigation and trial.
‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the public and the media for their considerable and comprehensive responses to our appeals for information.
‘Information from the residents of Portsmouth played an important part in establishing the movements and behaviour of David Hilder.
‘The meticulous and relentless work of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) gathered a wide range of evidence for the prosecution.
‘We were particularly persistent in obtaining as much DNA evidence as possible, including the analysis of cat hairs found at relevant scenes, which assisted in linking the offender to this crime.
‘It’s important to recognise and thank our partner agencies for their specialist support during the case, including Sussex Police’s Specialist Search Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).’
Police said the Hampshire Major Investigation Team gathered 2,398 documents during the investigation.
These included 466 statements, 411 officers’ reports, and 512 other documents.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Police had 1,369 exhibits and received 241 messages from the public.
‘Approximately 280 police personnel worked on the investigation.’