Colchester Student Murder: Suspect Released

Detectives investigating the murder of a Saudi Arabian student in Colchester have released a 19-year-old man being questioned.

Nahid Almanea was stabbed 16 times while walking along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning.

The 31-year-old had been taking an English language course at the University of Essex since January as part of her studies for a life sciences PhD.

Police said the 19-year-oldman was arrested on Friday in connection with a separate assault.

It followed a report from a female jogger that a man had approached her and tried to grab her near Peache Road, Colchester at around 10pm, on June 19.

Officers said the man has now been released from police custody and no further action against him is planned.

He has been eliminated from both inquiries, they added.

Earlier, investigators promised to “unrelentingly” pursue all lines of inquiry in the hunt for the foreign student’s killer.

Police were investigating whether Ms Almanea’s clothing – an abaya robe and hijab headscarf – was a factor in the stabbing, but stressed they did not know for sure.

They said there were other possible motives and called for calm as they confirmed they were investigating threats of revenge attacks made on social media.

Officers warned local people not to go out alone and to be vigilant.

They said the fact that she was stabbed multiple times bore “obvious similarities” to the murder of James Attfield, a vulnerable man with brain damage.

He was stabbed more than 100 times in a park in Colchester in March, but Essex Police have stressed the cases remain separate investigations.

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21 June 2014 | 5:20 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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