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UK police make new arrest in probe of French students' murder

Latest update : 2008-08-16

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of two French exchange students in London in June, British police said.

British police said on Wednesday they have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the brutal murder of two French students in London in June.
   
His arrest brings to seven the number of people arrested as part of the investigation into the deaths of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, on June 29.
   
According to a statement from London's Metropolitan Police, the suspect, who was arrested in Margate, southeast England, will be taken to a south London police station in "due course".
   
He was not identified, in keeping with force policy.
   
Thus far, two men -- 33-year-old Nigel Farmer and 23-year-old Daniel Sonnex -- have been charged in connection with the murders of the two French students, who were on an exchange programme at London's prestigious Imperial College from their university in Clermont Ferrand, central France.
   
Both Farmer and Sonnex have been charged with the pair's murder and perverting the course of justice, while Farmer also stands accused of arson.
   
Their trials are set to start on October 16 and 20, respectively.
   
The students, who were due to return home at the end of July, were found bound, burned, and repeatedly stabbed in Bonomo's southeast London apartment.
   
Their deaths shocked hardened detectives and coincided with growing concerns about knife crime and violent gang culture in the British capital, particularly among young people.
   
Bonomo was stabbed nearly 200 times -- up to 80 of the wounds after he was dead -- while Ferez suffered nearly 50 knife wounds.

Date created : 2008-08-06

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