Two arrested in Clapham gay murder case

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Two men, aged 33 and 25, were arrested in connection with the suspected anti-gay murder of Jody Dobrowski (pictured) and police have announced that they are contiuing to hold the pair for further questioning.

Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.

It had previously emerged that the police believed that the men may have verbally abused a woman in a nearby street fifteen minutes prior to the murder.

Det Chief Insp Nick Scola, who is leading the investigation made an appeal to the public for “anyone who had a similar encounter with these men or who may have seen them in the area earlier in the evening. If it was you involved in this incident please come forward so you can be eliminated from the inquiry.”

On Thursday police arrested two 17-year-olds and a 13-year-old, in connection to the enquiry but were later released without charge.

Police have also appealed for ten to twelve people who were known to have been on the common at the time and who may have witnessed the attack to come forward. They also wish to establish Mr Dobrowski’s movements between 10:15pm when he left a friends house and just after midnight when he was found by a police officer.

Detectives are examining the links between the murder and a series of homophobic attacks on the popular cruising ground.