Michael Polding death: Police investigate website leads

Michael Polding with Ricardo Pisano
Image caption Ricardo Pisano (right) is believed to have been the last person to see Michael Polding alive

Detectives are following new leads after a website was created to help trace a suspect over the unsolved murder of a Brighton man.

The body of Michael Polding, 62, was found at his flat in July, and may have been there for two months.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Polding suffered a number of injuries.

Last week police set up a website to trace his friend Ricardo Pisano, also known as Brandon Victor Pillay, who is wanted in connection with the death.

South African accent

Det Insp Jon Fanner, of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "I would like to thank the members of the public who have taken the time to connect Sussex Police with information about Ricky.

"We are following up these leads, however at this time Ricky is still being sought and I would appeal for anyone who knows Ricky or knows where he may be to contact Sussex Police."

Sussex Police has also offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Mr Pisano, who is also known as Ricky and Ree.

He is thought to be aged in his 30s and has a South African accent.

He is believed to have walked out of an open prison in New Zealand 10 years ago after being convicted of fraud offences.

Police believe he was the last person to see Mr Polding alive.

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