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Three arrested over iPhone murder

The partner of a man who is believed to have been killed for his iPhone has made an emotional appeal for information as detectives revealed three men had been arrested for murder.

Sam Ramsey, 23, the mother of Keith Soons' eight-month-old daughter Tilly, said she could not understand why anyone would want to kill him.

"Keith was a lovely man, he was a funny man." Miss Ramsey said. "He was not violent, he was not nasty. I actually can't understand why anybody would do something like this to Keith at all."

Miss Ramsey was speaking at a Gloucestershire Police press conference to appeal for information over the murder of her partner, who was stabbed in the head in Cheltenham with what detectives believe was a screwdriver-type weapon.

The 36-year-old, from Gloucester, was found in Wellington Lane by a member of the public at around 8am on February 5. He died later that day in hospital.

Police revealed that two men, aged 26 and 28 from Cheltenham, had been arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of murder. A third man aged 27 and also from Cheltenham was arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of murder.

Detectives have released CCTV footage of Mr Soons on the night he was attacked which shows him walking in Portland Road, Cheltenham at around 2am.

Police want to speak to two men seen walking behind Mr Soons in the footage. The first man is wearing dark trousers and a light-coloured grey hooded top with the hood up, while the second man is broader and wearing a dark waist-length leather jacket and dark trousers.

Preliminary post-mortem examination results show that Mr Soons is likely to have died from a penetrative puncture wound to the side of his head, which detectives believe may have been caused as he attempted to get his iPhone 4 back.

Mr Soons' distinctive silver-coloured "DAD" ring, which he was given by Miss Ramsey, is also missing, along with his Lloyds TSB debit card that was inside his leather iPhone 4 Griffin Elan passport wallet.


From Belfast Telegraph