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FATHER NOT GUILTY OF 1987 KILLING; Carmagnole murder still a mystery.

Byline: By SARAH CHAPMAN_

A FATHER-OF-TWO has been cleared of murdering a student 18 years ago.

Mark Forster, 41, accused of battering Roland Carmagnole, 27, to death in 1987, was acquitted of murder by a Liverpool crown court jury.

Mr Forster, who was living at Lancaster Walk, Kirk-dale, at the time and now lives in Musgrave Road, Sheffield, had denied the charge.

He was arrested in 2005 after an ol schoolmate told police he had witnessed the attack in 1987.

Mr Carmagnole was assaulted while walking to his home in Oxford Road, Bootle, after a night out.

Mauritius-born Mr Carmagnole was studying applied physics at what was then Liverpool Polytechnic, now John Moores university.

He was battered to death with a 2ftt piece of wood and found unconscious in Scotland Road.

He suffered fractures to most of the bones in his face, plus a fractured skull.

Mr Forster told the court he had been drinking in pubs in Scotland Road that night and, at one point, had been involved in a fight with a man called Thomas Edwards.

Mr Edwards was arrested on suspicion of Mr Carmagnole's murder.

Mr Forster contacted police a week after the killing and said he was the man involved in the brawl.

Detective Chief Superintendent Julieanne Wallace-Jones said: "It is right that the evidence given by the eyewitness who came forward should be heard before a jury.

"Roland Carmagnole's family supported this investigation. They are thoroughly disappointed by the decision."

Outside court, Forster said: "I'm glad it is all over."

sarahchapman@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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Date:Mar 10, 2006
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