Saturday 18 November 2017

Man (63) arrested in connection with 1963 murder of teenager Melanie Road

Melanie Road, 17, was sexually assaulted and died from multiple stab wounds
Melanie Road, 17, was sexually assaulted and died from multiple stab wounds

Claire Hayhurst

Detectives have arrested a 63-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a teenager more than 30 years ago.

Melanie Road, 17, was sexually assaulted and died from multiple stab wounds to her chest and back during the early hours of June 9 1984.

The teenager had decided to walk the 15 to 20 minute journey home following a night out with friends in Bath, Somerset.

Her body was discovered at 5.30am by a milkman and his 10-year-old son, close to a block of garages in St Stephens Court, Lansdown, a short distance from her home.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "A 63-year-old man from Bristol has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Melanie Road.

"He remains in custody at this time.

"Melanie, 17, was murdered in June 1984 following a night out with friends in Bath.

"It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage."

Last year, detectives began DNA testing hundreds of men who had been in the city at the time of Melanie's death.

On the night of June 8 1984, Melanie went out for the evening with her boyfriend and other friends to the Beau Nash, a nightclub in Kingston Parade, a road which is now part of the new Southgate development.

Melanie left the club at 1.30am on June 9 and was last seen alive by her friends a short time later in Broad Street.

She had decided to walk home alone, a journey that should have taken between 15 and 20 minutes. Her body was discovered later that morning.

Last year, Melanie's mother Jean, sister Karen and best friend Susie Lecomber spoke about the impact the murder has had on them.

Mrs Road wrote an open letter to coincide with the 30th anniversary of her daughter's death, appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The 80-year-old wrote: "We mourn for our daughter and sister Melanie every minute, hour of the day and night."

Melanie's sister, Karen Road, added: "As much as this was 30 years ago, for me, it's every day and it never gets easier, and I can't move on.

"The pain remains as strong today as it did when Melanie died."

Melanie's best friend, Susie Lecomber, now a mother-of-two who works as an osteopath, said: "I would desperately like to be able to stop thinking about her death and think more about when she was alive and friendship we had."

The 48-year-old added: "She was one of those people who was kind, caring but had confidence."

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