Man held for 1995 murder

Suspect walks into police station after eight years

The hunt for a suspect who detectives wanted to quiz about a Luton murder more than eight years ago ended yesterday when he walked into Luton police station.

The man turned up with his solicitor to talk about the killing of 39-year-old Mark Sharp after a road rage incident in High Town in August 1995.

Building worker Mr Sharp was clubbed with sticks and bars, stabbed in the head and kicked by a gang of men as he walked to a takeaway to buy a kebab for his 13-year-old son.

He died three days later from brain injuries.

Five Asian men, then aged between 19 and 22, were arrested and charged with murder but detectives said at the time they were looking for a sixth man they believed had fled the country.

The man is thought to have flown to Bangladesh, but it is not known when he returned to the UK.

His lawyer phoned police out of the blue on Monday night and said he now wanted to be interviewed about Mr Sharp's death.

The man was formally charged with the murder of Mr Sharp when he appeared at Luton Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon.

Det Chief Insp Peter Orr, of Luton CID, said the sudden events had prompted the police to re-examine the case. He added: "This just goes to show that a case never closes and that anyone can be held responsible for their actions, no matter how far in the past they are."

To find out more, see the February 11 edition of the Luton News.