Sussex

Michael Polding murder: Suspect rebailed

Michael Polding
Image caption Michael Polding moved from Croydon to the Kempton area of Brighton last year

A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who lay dead in his flat for at least two months has been granted bail for another month.

The body of Michael Polding, 63, was discovered by police at his flat in St George's Road in the Kemp Town area of Brighton on 16 July.

Family members contacted Sussex Police when Mr Polding, originally from Scotland, failed to get in touch.

The man, who was arrested on 22 July, answered police bail on Thursday.

He has been rebailed until 20 September.

Gay community

Sussex Police said Mr Polding moved to Brighton from Croydon, south London, last year.

The Kemp Town area is known for its gay community and his family said he felt more comfortable living there as an openly homosexual man.

Police believe he was killed in May. A post-mortem examination found he had suffered multiple injuries.

Image caption Ricardo Pisano moved to Brighton with Mr Polding, Sussex Police have said

Officers have named a man they want to speak to in connection with the death.

Ricardo Pisano, who is aged about 35, is also known as Brandon Victor Pillay, and uses the nicknames "Ree" or Ricky".

Mr Pisano, who is believed to have walked out of an open prison in New Zealand 10 years ago after being convicted of fraud offences, has links with Crouch End, Croydon, Brighton and Southampton.

He moved to Brighton with Mr Polding.

The last known sighting of him was at The Marlands shopping centre in Southampton on 28 July.

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