Wednesday 24 May 2017

Welsh man wanted in connection with landlord murder to appear in court in Ireland

Gardai in Galway arrested David Ellis (40) who is a wanted man in the UK yesterday evening.
Gardai in Galway arrested David Ellis (40) who is a wanted man in the UK yesterday evening.

Benjamin Wright and Denise Calnan

A Welsh man wanted in connection with the murder of his landlord will appear in court this morning in Ireland.

Gardai in Galway arrested David Ellis (40) who is a wanted man in the UK yesterday evening.

He will appear at a special sitting of Galway District Court at 10.00am.

Gardaí say are liaising with South Wales Police in relation to the arrest.

Detectives had been trying to find Swansea man David Ellis for more than a month after retired telecoms engineer Alec Warburton suddenly vanished.

South Wales Police confirmed that Ellis had been found and was in custody.

A force spokesman said: "David Ellis has been arrested in Ireland. We are liaising with the Garda in relation to his extradition back to the UK."

Mr Warburton, who lived in Sketty with lodger Ellis, was last seen on July 31 and was reported missing two days later.

In the wake of his sudden disappearance, police launched an appeal for information and said that the 59-year-old's M-reg Peugeot 205 was spotted in north Wales before returning to Swansea.

The vehicle was then found abandoned at Birkenhead port days later and officers said Ellis had stepped off a ferry in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 6.

That discovery prompted a fresh appeal for information and saw Welsh officers sent across the Irish Sea.

South Wales Police said Mr Warburton's family had been informed of the latest development in the investigation and continued to be assisted by family liaison officers.

While no trace of Mr Warburton has yet been found, detectives have previously said they were treating the incident as murder.

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