Mystery murder - new revelations
CIRCUMSTANCES surrounding the killing of a man for which a Suffolk police officer has been arrested emerged today.The Suffolk police constable was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Brian Spencer in Guyana 21 years ago.
CIRCUMSTANCES surrounding the killing of a man for which a Suffolk police officer has been arrested emerged today.
The Suffolk police constable was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Brian Spencer in Guyana 21 years ago.
Until now details of the shooting have remained shrouded in mystery. However according to sources in Guyana it is believed Mr Spencer had formed a relationship with a married woman who lived on the same Carribean island.
He died after he was confronted on the Kuru Kuru Highway in Guyana in 1982.
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Mr Spencer, 21, who lived on another part of the island, used to visit his mother Norma in Kuru Kuru. However he had also struck up a relationship with a married woman in the area.
On the day of his killing it is thought he was confronted by a man who reportedly shot him at close range with a shotgun.
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Instead of taking Mr Spencer to hospital for some reason those trying to help him took him to the Kuru Kuru police station. Mr Spencer died there.
A 41-year-old serving Suffolk police constable was arrested in Woodbridge on November 10 and taken to an unnamed police station for questioning.
The arrest came after a tip-off to Interpol who contacted Suffolk Constabulary.
The suspect has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
He is due to return in January as he was given bail for eight weeks.
Speaking yesterday Mr Spencer's mother wept as she spoke of her son.
She did not even know there had been an arrest until she read it in her local paper.
She said: "He was very helpful to me. My husband Eric died in 1980 and Brian used to work in Buxton, where he lived, and he would bring up something at weekends for me – money for me to buy what little I needed."
Mrs Spencer, who sells products in the market in Georgetown to earn a living said she could not afford legal representation to discover the circumstances surrounding the shooting or press for an investigation.
Her daughter Denise, 42, said she could not believe that something had finally happened so long after the killing.
She said: "I had a very close relationship with my brother. He was a carpenter, a handyman and did whatever work was available.
"He was a very jovial person. He liked to do pranks or whatever and he used to write songs, but he never got far with them."