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Police granted extension to continue questioning Borough Road murder suspect
9:57am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
POLICE are still questioning an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a 69-year-old man after being granted an extension by a court.
The teenager from Newtown was arrested after the pensioner was discovered dead at the flat on Borough Road, Croppers Hill, on Friday night (September 13).
It is understood he has been in custody for more than 80 hours. Police secured an extension from St Helens Magistrates’ Court on Sunday night to continue questioning him.
The maximum time limit for holding someone in custody, without charge, for a serious allegation such as suspicion of murder, is 96 hours.
It means detectives have until 10pm tonight (Tuesday) to charge the teenager or release him on bail.
Police were called to the flats, near to the former Sacred Heart Social club, St Helens at about 9.40pm.
A post mortem examination has been carried out and “an injury to the head” has been given as the cause of death.
The flat has been cordoned off and forensic examinations have been carried out.
A police spokeswoman said: “Officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries to see if anyone living locally saw or heard, anything suspicious.
“A post mortem examination has been carried out and an injury to the head has been given as the cause of death.”
The victim has been formally identified and officers have notified his next of kin.
Call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6804, or Crimestoppers with any information on 0800 555 111.