UK police make arrest in 1982 Guyana murder
Stabroek News
November 11, 2003

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Suffolk Police in the United Kingdom have arrested a 41-year-old man who is alleged to have murdered a Guyanese national, Brian Spencer, over 20 years ago.

The man was picked up at his home in Woodbridge, Suffolk yesterday and taken in for questioning.

However, local police could not confirm whether this was indeed so, since according to Commissioner of Police (ag), Floyd McDonald, Suffolk police had not contacted the Guyana Police Force on the matter.

McDonald did admit that the force was aware of the report, since a journalist in the UK had contacted them by e-mail.

He added that the GPF was checking its records to ascertain whether there was ever such a case and as such could not confirm if Brian Spencer was even murdered.

A press release from the Suffolk Constabulary, which was faxed to this newspaper, said they had arrested the suspect for the murder, which occurred in 1982.

It added that Spencer, who is believed to have been a Guyanese national, died in Guyana from injuries he sustained after being shot in 1982.

The release said initial inquiries into to Spencer's death were carried out by the Guyanese authorities.

Suffolk police, according to the release, had launched an investigation in liaison with other agencies including Interpol after they had received information about the incident earlier this year. Suffolk is treating Spencer's death as murder, the release added.