Suspect held over Hull man’s suicide


Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Police in the US have arrested a 52-year-old American on suspicion of sending cyanide to a man in Hull who went on to kill himself.

Sidney Kilmartin was held by officers in Maine, New England, on Wednesday accused of mailing a poisonous chemical.

The arrest comes after 49-year-old Andrew Denton took his own life in his home in Holland Street nearly two years ago.

A post-mortem revealed traces of cyanide in his blood, and when police searched his computer they discovered a series of messages exchanged between Mr Denton and an American man.

Humberside Police said the suspect had not used his real name when he talked to Mr Denton about potassium cyanide and how to take it.

After Mr Denton was found dead, officers handed their information over to the US Postal Inspection Service, and postal inspector Michael Desrosiers arrived in Hull earlier this year to interview witnesses.

Mr Desrosiers, who has worked for the service for nearly three decades, said he had never heard of cyanide being mailed, adding that it was “even rarer” for it to result in someone’s death.

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Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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