Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Michael Freshwater death: Renewed appeal over flat stabbing

Kevin Suika Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary

Police investigating the death of a man fatally stabbed in Southampton have renewed an appeal to trace a London man they want to speak to.

Michael Freshwater, 49, was found at a property in Westridge Road on 29 April.

A photo of Kevin Suika, 23, was broadcast on BBC's Crimewatch programme earlier this month but he has not yet been traced.

Mr Suika has links to the Holloway and Bromley areas of London, as well as Kent and Gloucester.

He is described as black, 5ft 7in-tall, of proportionate build, with a tattoo on his left arm that reads "work like a slave, eat like a king".

Det Supt Becky Riggs of Hampshire Constabulary said: "This remains an active murder investigation.

"Suika knows we are looking for him and, he should also know, we will not stop until we find him.

"Anyone found to be harbouring Suika or assisting him in avoiding arrest should be warned they are also committing an offence and may liable to a prison sentence."

Detectives believe there was a dispute at the property before Mr Freshwater's body was discovered.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of his killers.

More than a dozen people have so far been arrested as part of the investigation.

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Image caption Michael Freshwater was found stabbed to death at a flat in Southampton on 29 April

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