A FORMER altar boy cleared of murdering a vicar after a retrial has been arrested on suspicion of killing a St Leonards supermarket worker.
Christopher Hunnisett, 27, pictured below, was detained after walking into Hastings Police Station in Bohemia Road at about 10.40pm on Tuesday.
He is being questioned over the death of 57-year-old Peter Bick, who was found dead in his flat in Dorset Road South, Bexhill, later that night.
Mr Hunnisett, a former pupil at The Grove, spent eight years in jail after he was convicted of the murder of Rev Ronald Glazebrook in June 2002.
The vicar was found dead in the bath at the flat they shared in Dane Road, St Leonards, and his body parts scattered around the county.
But in September Mr Hunnisett was freed after a retrial during which it emerged the retired cleric had sexually abused him.
A post mortem was carried out on Mr Bick’s body on Wednesday which found he died of severe head trauma.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Sloan, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts are with Peter’s family and police family liaison officers are supporting them at this extremely difficult time. It is now clear to us that Peter died following several blows to the head in what was clearly a violent attack in his own home.”
Mr Bick worked at Asda in Battle Road, St Leonards, and colleagues described him as a friendly man who always had a smile on his face.
According to reports he was a carriage-racing enthusiast who had once worked for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. His mail was addressed to The Honourable Peter Bick, according to neighbour Juley Ross.
She said: “Peter was a really nice, intelligent, smart, humorous and pleasant guy, and it is such a shame he had to meet such a nasty end. It’s very sad.”
Police officers have been scouring the scene for clues and yesterday moved the search to the Bexhill beach where they are looking for a possible murder weapon, plus a black Nokia mobile phone, a SIM card, memory cards, a black woolly hat with a grey badge and black ski gloves.
Detectives were yesterday given an extra 36 hours to quiz Mr Hunnisett, who was accompanied to the police station by his fiancee Lucy Anderson.
Police stressed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and urged anyone with any information to contact them on 0845 6070999.