Suspect held over murder of Irishman in London
Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30
POLICE in London investigating the murder of an Irishman have arrested a suspect.
The man, aged 21, was questioned by police on suspicion of the murder of Wexford man Michael Hunt (37) in South Norwood and remains in custody.
It is believed that Mr Hunt, below, who was originally from Kilmore Quay in Wexford, was found naked and battered on top of the skip by a shopkeeper.
According to police, Mr Hunt was found "in a skip at the far end of an alleyway" off Station Road in South Norwood at about 7am on Saturday.
He was taken by ambulance to Kings College Hospital, where he died shortly before midday.
A post-mortem took place on Sunday at Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.
Police have confirmed that he suffered injuries to the head and body and an investigation is being led by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
"Michael Hunt was well known in the local community and I would urge anyone with information, or who may have seen Mr Hunt in the time prior to him being found, to come forward," Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway said.
"The information available to us at this stage leads us to believe that Mr Hunt was not the victim of a stranger or random attack. However, our enquiries continue," she added.
Since news of his death broke, Mr Hunt's friends have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to him. "RIP. my beautiful angel," his close friend Myriam Tocko-Salvetti posted on Facebook last Saturday.
The mother of Michael's young son Taylor, Angela Anderson, also posted the following tribute: "You gave me a remarkably amazing young man Michael. I will forever be thankful to you for that! Today was the hardest day of my life to take that smile from him but know that he loves and will miss you every day! And I promise I will make sure that smile we gave him comes back."
Mr Hunt had been living in London for the past six years. He was found less than a mile from his home.
The 21-year-old suspect, who was arrested at an address in Purley, remains in custody. He can be detained for up to 36 hours by police.