A 17-YEAR-OLD girl and a 24-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at a South West London home.
Adrian Murphy, 43, was found and his Battersea home ransacked – with police linking his “suspicious” death with the alleged drugging and rape of a 40-year-old man in Walthamstow.
It is understood the 40-year-old man had met a man on the hook up app Grindr and invited him back to his home on May 30.
The victim believes he was drugged and fell unconscious – only found later that day by a friend.
He was rushed to Whipps Cross Hospital, and has since been discharged.
His flat had been ransacked while he was unconscious and property including laptops, mobile phones, a wallet and cash, stolen.
Police have now linked the rape allegation to the death of Mr Murphy, who was found at a block of flats on Lombard Road on June 4.
A post-mortem examination at St George’s Hospital on Wednesday, 6 June failed to determine a cause of death.
A 24-year-old man was arrested late on Tuesday, June 12, on suspicion of murder, rape and theft. He has since been bailed to attend a police station at a later date.
A 17-year-old girl was arrested earlier on June 12 on suspicion of murder and theft. She has been released under investigation.
The case is being investigated by the Homicide and Major Crime Command under Detective Chief Inspector Rob Pack.
DCI Pack, said: “We have linked these two incidents through our suspects and our enquiries continue to establish the exact circumstances.
“We know the victim in the Walthamstow incident met the male suspect through a social networking site and we are investigating whether there is a similar connection in Mr Murphy’s death.
“Both incidents happened over a short period of time and thorough enquiries have led us to make these prompt arrests. However, there is a possibility other offences may have been committed before 30 May.
“Has anything similar happened to you, or someone you know? A meeting arranged online that has led to intoxication, robbery and possibly sexual assault.
Please have the confidence to approach my team so we can investigate what happened to you. You can also contact third party organisations such as the charity Galop. You will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.
“I would also be keen to talk to anyone who saw anything suspicious on the afternoon of 4 June around Lombard Road, anything that looked out of place.”
Anyone who can help is asked to contact 101, quoting CAD 6467/4 June, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the charity Galop or via their Shoutline on 020 7704 2040.