10 May 2013

NZ prison escaper arrested for murder in England

2:11 pm on 10 May 2013

A man who escaped from Rangipo Prison in New Zealand in 2001 has been arrested in England for murder. He was never recaptured.

Ricardo Pisano has now been arrested in Southampton in relation to the death of his partner Michael Polding, 62, in Brighton last July.

In a statement on Wednesday, Sussex Police said:

"There had been an international search for Mr Pisano also known as Ricky, Ree, and Brandon Victor Pillay, who has links to South Africa and New Zealand, after he was believed to have been the last person to see Michael Polding alive.

"He remains in custody at Brighton and is being interviewed by members of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team."

In April this year, Coroner Victoria Hamilton-Deeley returned a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into Mr Polding's death.

The BBC reports the inquest heard his body was too decomposed to be sure of the exact cause of death but he had a number of injuries, which included broken ribs and a fractured collar bone.

Last December, detectives set up a website to trace Mr Pisano and offered a reward of £5000 for information leading to his arrest.