The nephew of murdered gay Scot Michael Polding has joined police in appealing for help in finding a man wanted in connection with his uncle’s killing.
Police launched a murder investigation after 63-year-old Polding was found dead in his home in the English city of Brighton on 16 July. It is thought that he may have been dead since May.
Police officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team would like to speak to Ricardo Pisano, known as Brandon Victor Pillay, ‘Ree’ or ‘Ricky’.
Polding’s nephew David Clyde, from Glasgow in Scotland, said his whole family were left ‘devastated’ by the loss.
‘If this man has nothing to hide he has nothing to fear from coming forward,’ Clyde told Gay Star News.
The 41-year-old father of two added: ‘When I was born my mother was very ill and it was Uncle Michael, Uncle Sam and my dad who took her home from hospital.
‘He took care of me the first two months of my life. He was a really sweet and funny man…It was a huge blow to us to lose Michael.’
Pisano is believed to have been friends with Polding, who lived in Croydon for 30 years before moving to the seaside town to start a new life in the city’s LGBT community.
Police believe the pair saw each other regularly in the Sussex area and spent time together in the period before Polding’s death.
Pisano is described as being 5’6” tall, of slim build and aged around 35.
He may have grown a beard or be disguising himself in other ways since the photograph, featured above, was taken in early 2012.
Although originally from South Africa, he may have changed his accent, and also lived in New Zealand.
Police said yesterday that Pisano has links to Brighton, Croydon, Crouch End in north London and Southampton where he was last seen on 28 July at Marlands shopping centre.
However, he could have since moved to other areas of the country.
If you have any information on Pisano and his whereabouts, call Sussex Police on +44 101 quoting Operation Journal or Crimestoppers anonymously on +44(0)800 555 111.
Polding’s death was initially treated as unexplained but following a post-mortem on 21 July, a murder investigation was launched. The post-mortem showed that Polding suffered a number of injuries, which led to his death.
The victim was an openly gay man but police are not treating his death as a hate crime.
A 28-year-old man from North London was arrested on suspicion of murder on 22 July and has been bailed until 23 August, pending further enquiries.