Man held over inquiry into death of gay barman who was facing child sex probe
Police confirm 18-year-old has been 'detained in connection with inquiry' into the killing
Officers say they were investigating victim's lifestyle
By Oliver Pickup
Last updated at 11:48 AM on 28th October 2011
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An 18-year-old man is being held by police investigating the death of barman Stuart Walker whose charred body was found at the weekend.
Strathclyde Police confirmed that the man has been detained less than a week after Mr Walker's beaten and burned corpse was discovered in Cumnock, Ayrshire.
A police spokesman said: 'We can confirm that an 18-year-old man is currently detained in connection with this inquiry.'
Stuart Walker suffered 'horrible injuries' after a 'violent and sustained', attack according to officers.
He was found dead at Caponacre industrial estate in the town.
The openly gay barman is said to have been battered and set on fire in an apparent homophobic attack, and may have been sexually assaulted before he was killed, detectives have indicated.
Detectives have not revealed any specific injuries in case they proved to be 'prejudicial in the future'.
The barman's death has sent shockwaves through the local community.
And the killing has become a cause celebre on the internet with more than 12,000 people leaving messages on Facebook pages set up in his honour, with posts from friends and family as well as from strangers as far afield as California, France and Finland.
Thousands more took to Twitter to write messages of condolence to his family.
However, it has come to light that the 28-year-old had only recently been questioned over an alleged incident involving a 12-year-old boy in August and a report was sent to the procurator fiscal.
Police have stressed that there does not appear to be any link between the claims and Mr Walker's murder.
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said today: 'There was a report sent to the procurator fiscal in relation to an alleged indecency on a 12-year-old boy.
In loving memory: Flowers left at the scene in Cumnock, Ayrshire, where Mr Walker was found dead
'There's no suggestion that this incident is in any way connected to the murder.'
A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service added: 'We can confirm that the Procurator Fiscal at Ayr received a report concerning a 28-year-old male in connection with an alleged incident on 20 August 2011. The case is now closed.'
It is believed that there will be no further investigation into the incident.
Mr Walker's body was discovered shortly before 5am on Saturday and it is thought that he was set upon after walking home from a house party.
Police said there was nothing to suggest Mr Walker had been the victim of a homophobic crime.
However, detectives admitted that they were not ruling anything out as no clear motive had been established and earlier in the week commander John Thomson said the victimís lifestyle was the Ďmain focusí of his inquiries
Crime scene: The murder scene at Caponacre Industrial Estate, Cumnock, Ayrshire where the body of Mr Walker was found
Importantly, Mr Thompson said he did not believe 'it was a random attack by someone who will strike again' and said there was a 'possibility of a sexual assault'.
Reports have suggested Mr Walker was beaten and ignited before his death.
Prime Minister David Cameron urged the public to help solve the murder yesterday after Labour MP Sandra Osborne (Ayr Carrick and Cumnock) raised his case at PM's Questions in the Commons.
Sending his condolences to Mr Walker's family, Mr Cameron said: 'It was once said that the police are the public and the public are the police.
'The police cannot solve crimes without the help of the public and I hope everyone will cooperate in the best way they can.'
The investigation continues.
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