Two held over Brighton murder

Posted On 17 Apr 2011 at 10:42 pm

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 48-year-old man in Brighton.

A 32-year-old man and a woman 33-year-old woman were arrested by police officers in a multi-storey car park in Winchester, Hampshire.

The pair, who come from the Brighton area, were being brought back to Sussex today.

Detectives were due to interview them about the death of Jonathan Ellison, known as Jon, whose body was found just after 2am on Friday 15 April.

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Sussex Police also renewed an appeal for four people who may be vital witnesses to come forward.

CCTV images of the four, who are not suspects, were released yesterday (Saturday 16 April).

Post-mortem tests, carried out on Friday, found that Mr Ellison died from several substantial head injuries consistent with being hit by a long blunt instrument.

He also had injuries on his hands which suggest that he tried to defend himself from attack.

Detective Inspector Carwyn Hughes said: “We are still keen to hear from anyone else who was in or around Gloucester Street in the North Laine area of the city centre on Thursday evening or the early hours of Friday morning and who saw anything suspicious.”

Anyone who can help is asked to call Sussex Police on 0845 6070999 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

  1. p cooper Reply

    Jon Ellison , his mum used to run the bar which is now Mrs Fitzherberts . It was used by Argus reporters and actors and actresses playing at the Theatre Royal, he had the upstairs bar called Jon’s Bar. She went on to run the Grey’s and then went to Hastings. He used to go out with Millie , who was Jack Tinkers daughter. This was around 1982-87. He always said he had a North American Indian background, a lovely man

  2. mark Reply

    i am an old friend of jons. Very saddened to hear of this shocking news. Jon was a funny,kind,and generous fella…i am anxious to find out details about the funeral as there are many people who would like to honour his memory and celebrate his life…if anyone has any details could you please let me know..many thanks,Mark…R.I.P jon x

  3. Steve Reply

    RIP Jon – Very sad to hear of his ending in such a terrible way.
    Old firend had’t seen him for at least 10 years , respect from all thos fab times at Jon’s bar!

  4. Laurie Reply

    A few of us from John’s bar would be grateful to hear when the funeral is, if we haven’t already missed it. x.

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