Norfolk

Arrest after man killed at Herbie Hide's Norwich home

  • 19 March 2012
  • From the section Norfolk

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man at the Norwich home of former boxing world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide.

Tafadzwa Kahn, 25, of St Giles Street, Norwich, died from stab wounds at the house in Long Lane, Bawburgh, on Sunday morning.

The accused man, who is from the Norwich area, is currently being questioned by Norfolk Police.

Detectives said the stabbing followed an argument at a party in the house.

More than 100 people were there at the time.

'Like a brother'

Police said earlier they were "fairly certain" Mr Hide was not on the premises at the time of the stabbing.

Mr Hide, speaking for the first time since the incident, said he had treated Mr Kahn like "a brother" and he had been killed "in his own house".

"The reality of this right now is a man is dead," he said.

"Imagine this - a lady was told her son has gone. Imagine that."

Herbie Hide was world champion between 1997 and 1999

A spokesman said a post-mortem examination found the cause of death was a stab wound to the body.

The property remains sealed off and a forensic examination is continuing.

On Sunday Det Supt Julian Gregory, of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: "We understand that there was some kind of argument and dispute, obviously as the investigation progresses that will become clearer, but the stabbing took place in a crowded party in front of a number of people."

Mr Hide and his family have relocated while investigations at the house continue.

Mr Hide won the WBO (World Boxing Organisation) heavyweight title for the first time in 1994, beating American Michael Bentt, but lost it to another American, Riddick Bowe, the following year.

He regained the title in 1997 and made two successful defences before losing to Vitali Klitschko in 1999.

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