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MY MATE KILLED A STUDENT 20 YEARS AGO, SAYS OLD PAL.

Byline: By SARAH CHAPMAN

THE MAN accused of a near 20-year-old murder was arrested after an old schoolmate called police.

Liverpool crown court heard Mark Forster was picked up for the killing of Roland Carmagnole because it had been "playing on the mind" of a former friend.

Forster, 41, is accused of battering the 27-year-old student to death with a plank of wood in a vicious attack in Scotland Road in 1987.

Jurors heard Mr Carmagnole suffered fractures to nearly every bone in his face and a fractured skull.

Forster lived in Lancaster Walk, Kirkdale, at the time of the attack, but now lives in Musgrave Road, Sheffield. He denies the charge.

The court heard he was arrested in 2004 after an old school friend contacted police and told them he had witnessed a man he knew as Fozzer attacking the student.

David Steer QC, prosecuting, told the court on December 12, 1987, Mr Carmagnole was walking to his Bootle home following a night out in the city centre.

Mauritius-born Mr Carmagnole was studying applied physics at what was then Liverpool Polytechnic.

Mr Steer told the court: "He was a just a day short of his 28th birthday at the time of death on December 13,1987."

The court heard that Forster had been drinking in pubs in Scotland Road that night and was involved in a fight with a man called Thomas Edwards.

Mr Steer said Mr Edwards was arrested on suspicion of Mr Carmagnole's murder on December 14, 1987, and, after an appeal for the man he was fighting with to come forward, Forster approached police.

Thomas Edwards was charged with murder, but the charge was dropped, the court heard.

His blood was found on Forster's clothing, but nothing was found to connect Forster with Mr Carmagnole, said Mr Steer.

Forster denies murdering Mr Carmagnole and said the allegation must have been made out of malice, the jury heard.

(Proceeding)

sarahchapman@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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