Man quizzed over South American killing

By Richard SmithDETECTIVES were questioning last night a man in connection with a murder in South America more than 20 years ago.They swooped on an address in Woodbridge at 7am yesterday and took a 41-year-old man to a police station in Suffolk for questioning.

By Richard Smith

DETECTIVES were questioning last night a man in connection with a murder in South America more than 20 years ago.

They swooped on an address in Woodbridge at 7am yesterday and took a 41-year-old man to a police station in Suffolk for questioning.

The identity of the man has not been released and Suffolk police have also kept the location of the police station secret.


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Suffolk police issued a short statement yesterday about the murder inquiry, while 4,000 miles away in Guyana the police force was unaware of the arrest.

A Suffolk police spokesman said: “Suffolk police have arrested a man in connection with an alleged murder which occurred in Guyana, South America, more than 20 years ago.

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“Brian Spencer, who was believed to be a Guyanese national, died in Guyana from injuries sustained after being shot in 1982. Initial inquiries into the death were carried out by the Guyanese authorities.

“Suffolk police launched an investigation, in liaison with other agencies including Interpol, after receiving information about the incident earlier this year. Police are treating Mr Spencer's death as murder.

“A 41-year-old man, whom police are not naming, was arrested at his home address in Woodbridge and was taken to a police station in Suffolk for questioning.”

The police force in Guyana's capital, Georgetown, said they had not been kept informed about the progress of the murder investigation.

Floyd Mcdonald, police commissioner, said: “I cannot really provide any positive information. The police in England have not contacted us in relation to this murder.

“It is not a matter we are currently dealing with at all and we did not know anybody has been arrested. I will now have to contact the police in England.”

Guyana is a former British colony with a population of almost 800,000 people. The country, an English-speaking Co-operative Republic, borders both Venezuela and Brazil and much of it is covered in dense forest.

richard.smith@eadt.co.uk

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