I know everyone here at connexions are grieving Michael Blakey’s death. Many, many of you knew him personally, and the news has been a dreadful shock, and the grief has weighed heavily.
India Police have made an arrest in the murder of 23 year old Michael Blakey of the UK.
It is extremely important to note that initial reports Blakey had been stoned are not true.
The investigation was taken over by an India Police Superintendent, as UK media began to pay attention. The autopy report indicates Blakey was brutally attacked and his body was left under paving stones in a ditch in Dharamsala.
The news of his death shocked the university community, including Swansea University. Michael had posted here at connexions, where his friends have been honouring him.
A man here has been arrested for the alleged murder of his wife’s former boyfriend, British charity worker Michael Blakey.
An email retrieved from Blakey’s laptop suggests he had been threatened by Pawan Bharadwaj, who was arrested late Sunday.
The 23-year-old’s body was found partially buried under rocks in a cemetery near a church here nearly two weeks ago. Blakey hailed from Swansea, Wales.
“Yes we he have arrested Bharadwaj in connection with the murder of Michael Blakey,” Santosh Patial, a senior police official here, told IANS Monday.
According to police, Bharadwaj was married to Rachel Owens, who was said to be Blakey’s girlfriend earlier. They broke up after Rachel and Bharadwaj got married in July.
According to local news reports, an email retrieved from Blakey’s laptop suggests that Bharadwaj had threatened him to stay away from Rachel.
Both Blakey and Rachel worked for the same charity Tong Len, which looked after the welfare of street children. Police have also seized records of the charity organisation.
Blakey’s body was found three days after he was last seen November 25th and shortly before he was to fly home for Christmas.
His funeral will be held this week in his home town.
Correction (added by Richard): Contrary to the quoted text (which is doing the rounds of many newspapers and websites, Michael and Rachel have never been romantically attached.