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A murder investigation's started after a man's body was found in the town centre, with a 29-year-old's arrested and bailed.
The body of Spanish student, Sergio Retamar Marquez, was discovered in a blood-spattered flat on Tuesday 17th July 2012. Officers refused to comment on reports that the victim was decapitated in the attack.
Armed police were called to the incident in the Lansdowne Road area at 4.52pm after some women found the victim.
It is believed the 23-year-old, from Coin near Malaga, southern Spain, moved to the UK to learn English.
Inquiries revealed a man left the scene along Holdenhurst Road in the direction of Bournemouth station.
The man, a 29 year old from Bournemouth, was arrested about 30 minutes later in the area of Beechey Road on suspicion of murder.
He's now been transferred and bailed to a secure unit whilst enquiries continue. Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the man's death.
In a police statement, Dorset police said:
Although the investigation into the circumstances is ongoing, Dorset Police can reassure members of the public that the incident was between two people who were known to each other and there will be no further comment until the investigation is finalised.
Detective Inspector Balmer of the Major Crime unit said,
"There has been speculation in the press in relation to how the victim was discovered. It is never the case that the police discuss the findings at a crime scene, but the family are now being supported by Dorset Police and are fully aware of the circumstances.
"Several people have already supplied information regardingthis incident, I would urge anyone with information to call 101.
“I understand that these areas were extremely busy this afternoon and I would urge anyone who witnessed anything unusual or suspicious, who has yet to speak with the police, to call us on 101 immediately.”
An inquest into the man's death on Thursday 19th July has revealed he died from 'multiple stab wounds to the chest'.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 17:354. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply