Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Winchester railway murder police renew appeal

Stuart Horsman
Image caption Stuart Horsman was described by police as very well known in the area

A new plea for information has been made by police investigating the murder of a homeless man who fell ill at a Hampshire railway station.

Officers believe Stuart Horsman, 34, was assaulted days before he became ill at Winchester station, on 3 August.

He died later that day in hospital. Tests showed his death was caused by internal bleeding.

Two men, aged 58 and 32 and from the Winchester area, were arrested and later bailed until November.

Hampshire Constabulary believe Mr Horsman could have been assaulted more than a week before his death, between Monday 25 July and Wednesday 3 August.

CCTV footage

They have described Mr Horsman as "very well known in the Winchester area" and said he was regularly seen with friends in the underpass, which runs from the taxi rank outside the station, underneath the railway, to Stockbridge Road.

Det Ch Insp Rachel Farrell, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "We have been working hard to piece together what may have happened to Mr Horsman in the days prior to his death.

"Officers have been reviewing hours of CCTV footage and speaking to other homeless people in and around Winchester.

"We have also carried out high-profile patrols at the train station and spoken to many commuters who used to see Mr Horsman in the underpass.

"I am keen to hear from anyone we haven't spoken to who may have information which may assist with our investigation, no matter how insignificant you think it may be."

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