Two charged with Blackpool man’s murder

John Forrester
John Forrester
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Detectives in Ireland have charged two people with the murder of a Blackpool man.

Police believe John Forrester, 42, died after being stabbed repeatedly with a knife or screwdriver in the face or neck.

His body was discovered in the River Bandon, in west Cork, on November 15, 2011.

His hands and feet had been bound.

Officers believe Mr Forrester, who was born in Blackpool and had lived in a hotel in Dickson Road run by his by father, had been in the river for two days before his body was discovered.

Mr Forrester’s body was found just 36 hours after the body of Jonathon Duke, 27, was discovered from the same river.

Mr Duke lived in a second floor flat at Bridge House, Bandon while Mr Forrester, who was unemployed, had a ground floor apartment.

He had moved to Bandon around three years before his death and was known in the area as “Johnny English”.

Catherine O’Connor, 37, from Cork and Ciprian Grozavu, 39, a Romanian have now both been charged with Mr Forrester’s murder.

Sgt Damian Hogan, of the Garda - the Irish police - said: “Both Catherine O’ Connor and Ciprian Grozavu have been charged with the murder of John Forrester.

“They will stand trial in February 2014 on a date yet to be decided”

After hearing of his death, Mr Forrester’s aunt, Joyce Rivett, told The Gazette she had last seen her nephew when he was in his 20s and described him as a “happy child”.

The Garda contacted Lancashire Police to help locate Mr Forrester’s family.

It is understood his sister Sharon was tracked down living in Spain.

Mrs Rivett, from Marton, said: “John had been a loner most of his life, but the last I knew he was working in Spain as a ski instructor.

“He loved his job over there, I don’t know what happened, why he left Spain and moved to Ireland.

“We are gutted, devastated. When the facts were revealed how he died and how he would have suffered, we were very distressed, shell shocked.

“He loved his music, I remember him as a very happy child but obviously somewhere things have gone badly wrong.

“He was probably a mixed up lad.”