UK police hold suspect in French student murder

22nd November 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Nov 22 (AFP) - British police on Monday arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a French university student in August, Scotland Yard said.

LONDON, Nov 22 (AFP) - British police on Monday arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a French university student in August, Scotland Yard said.

Amelie Delagrange, 22, was murdered in the southwest London neighbourhood of Twickenham Green as she returned home on August 19 from a night out with friends.

She suffered severe head wounds and died later in the hospital. The attack resembled similar ones in the area and police suspect the student's killer could be a serial attacker.

The suspect, who is being held at a west London police station, was also being questioned over the attempted murder and robbery of a woman near the same green in November 2002, Scotland Yard said.

He is the fifth man to have been arrested in connection with the French student's murder.

Two of the four previously detained were released on bail until December while the other two were also bailed, but have been detained under the Mental Health Act for a period of assessment.

Police have previously linked the murder to a number of other attacks in south west London, including the murder of 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell.

The two murders have also been linked to other similar attacks in southwest London stretching back to the beginning of last year.

In each case the attacker pounced from behind on women with blonde or light brown shoulder-length hair who were walking alone in the evening.

Police have said the attacks are linked for the purposes of investigation, but it is possible there is more than one assailant.

Other incidents previously linked to the investigation included a 28-year-old woman attacked in Feltham on August 23 and found unconscious on the pavement, just four days after Delagrange's murder.

In April, accountant Edel Harbison, 34, survived an attack close to Twickenham Green, and Dawn Brunton, a 36-year-old accounts clerk, survived a similar attack in Hatton Cross, near Heathrow airport, in November last year.

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