Tuesday 23 July 2019

Man and teenage girl arrested after Irishman killed in suspected 'dating app murder'

  • Body of Adrian Murphy found in London flat on June 4
  • Post-mortem failed to determine cause of death
  • Investigation linked to earlier alleged rape
  • Man and teenage girl arrested on suspicion of murder
A post-mortem examination at St George's Hospital into the death of Adrian Murphy (inset) failed to determine a cause of death
A post-mortem examination at St George's Hospital into the death of Adrian Murphy (inset) failed to determine a cause of death

Emma Bowden

A 24-year-old man and a teenage girl have been arrested in connection with the suspicious death of an Irishman, which police say is linked to an earlier alleged rape.

Officers are appealing for information after the body of Adrian Murphy (43), who was from Kilkenny, was found at a block of flats in Lombard Road, Battersea, south-west London, on June 4.

A post-mortem examination at St George's Hospital in London on June 6 failed to determine a cause of death.

UK Police said property was stolen from the premises where Mr Murphy was found.

Adrian Murphy was found dead on June 4
Photo: Met Police
Adrian Murphy was found dead on June 4 Photo: Met Police

Their inquiries have linked the incident to an earlier allegation of rape at an address in Walthamstow, north-east London, on May 30.

A 40-year-old victim became unconscious after he was allegedly drugged by a man he met on a social networking site and invited to his flat.

He was found later that day by a friend and taken to Whipps Cross Hospital, London but has since been discharged.

His flat had been ransacked while he was unconscious and the London Metropolitan Police have said property including laptops, mobile phones and cash were stolen.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, rape and theft on June 12.

He has since been bailed to attend a police station at a later date.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested earlier that day on suspicion of murder and theft and has since been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Pack, from the London Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We have linked these two incidents through our suspects and our inquiries continue to establish the exact circumstances.

"We know the victim in the Walthamstow incident met the male suspect through a social networking site and we are investigating whether there is a similar connection in Mr Murphy's death.

"Both incidents happened over a short period of time and thorough inquiries have led us to make these prompt arrests.

"However, there is a possibility other offences may have been committed before 30 May.

"Has anything similar happened to you, or someone you know? A meeting arranged online that has led to intoxication, robbery and possibly sexual assault?

"Please have the confidence to approach my team so we can investigate what happened to you. You can also contact third-party organisations such as the charity Galop. You will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity."

Officers said anyone who can help is asked to contact 101, quoting CAD 6467/4 June.

Independent.ie has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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