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Murder victim, 69, was found dead in living room of his flat
6:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGE murder suspect is this week undergoing psychiatric assessment six days after a 69-year-old man was found dead in his own home.
The body of pensioner David Rimmer was discovered in the living room of his flat on Borough Road, Croppers Hill, last Friday night.
A post-mortem examination concluded he had died from a head injury.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man from Newtown shortly afterwards and, after two extensions were granted by a court, he was held in custody for more than 80 hours.
Less than eight hours before the 96-hour custody threshold, by which time detectives must decide whether to charge or release a suspect, police announced the teenager had been detained under the Mental Health Act for medical assessment.
He will be assessed over the next 28 days after which a decision will be taken by the police and Crown Prosecution Service over what course of action to take with the criminal inquiry.
Forensic teams were stationed at the modern flats, located near to the Sacred Heart Social Club, over the weekend.
Officers were initially tight-lipped over their investigation, with Merseyside Police headquarters denying there had been a serious incident when contacted by the Star on Saturday.
Although residents raised concern about a lack of information being made public, it was not until Monday morning that detectives confirmed there was a murder investigation.
It is understood that Mr Rimmer and the man who was in police custody were known to each other, however, they are not relatives.
A police statement, which said the body of Mr Rimmer had been found at 9.40pm on Friday (September 13), added: “Officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries to see if anyone living locally saw or heard anything suspicious.
“The victim has been formally identified and officers have notified his next of kin.”
Few details have been released by St Helens CID about the investigation, with community leaders expressing concern it had led to rumours and fear among residents.
Jimmy Devlin, chair of the Greenbank Tenants and Residents Association, said: “They could have allayed a lot of rumours if we had basic information at the earliest opportunity.
“All the community would have been reassured and would have helped us greatly easing concerns.
“It made our job harder because people are asking us but we didn’t have any of the facts.
“If they told us it was an isolated incident, it would have calmed fears because there are a lot of elderly people around here.”
IF you have any information about what happened at St Helens CID on 0151 777 6804, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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