Murder suspects 'handed themselves in'
Ben Kendall The solicitor representing the two suspects in the Frank McGarahan murder probe today confirmed they voluntarily turned themselves in to assist police with their inquiries.
The solicitor representing the two suspects in the Frank McGarahan murder probe today confirmed they voluntarily turned themselves in to assist police with their inquiries.
Officers are continuing to question the pair over the death of the wealthy banker who was killed in Norwich city centre in the early hours of Sunday. They have already charged 21-year-old Daniel Moy, from Costessey, with a related assault on Mr McGarahan's cousin.
Solicitor Simon Nicholls, based in Norwich, said the men were arrested in connection with the 45-year-old father-of-two's murder after walking into a Norfolk police station on Tuesday. Mr Nicholls said the men, who are in their early 20s and from the Norwich area, came forward to “assist the police”.
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“They went to the police station to see if they could assist the police as potential witnesses and were arrested,' said Mr Nicholls, of Belmores Solicitors.
It also emerged that the Lithuanian man, who Mr McGarahan had stepped in to protect after witnessing assault, was not homeless as first thought. He was waiting for a taxi with his girlfriend who is from Norfolk. He has been interviewed by the force's major investigation team and is expected to be a key witness in any prosecution.
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Det Supt Chris Hobley said the Mr McGarahan had walked about 20 yards from the taxi rank in Guildhall Hill to confront them. He was injured after an “exchange of words” with the gang.
Murder squad detectives are still keen to speak to witnesses as they attempt to piece together as full a picture of events as possible. However, no further arrests are expected at this stage.
Meanwhile Lithuanian community leaders praised Mr McGarahan's courage. Audrone Strasuaskiene, chairman of the Lithuanian Association Norwich Branch, said eastern European migrants are regularly attacked.
She added: “It happens often, especially when they go out at weekends. I think all eastern Europeans are suffering. They become a target for animosity and feel like third class citizens, like they're treated lower than other people.”
Contact the major investigations team at Norfolk police on 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.