A British game show champion was arrested on suspicion of murder over a detail he included in his 2015 memoir, the Associated Press reports. Watch him in the BBC series Eggheads in the clip above.
Per the AP, Joseph Connagh was detained at London’s Heathrow Airport at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, and was taken into custody. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and is facing murder, manslaughter and assault charges.
Last year, Connagh released an autobiography under his professional name, C.J. de Mooi. In the book, he wrote about an alleged 1988 incident in Amsterdam, when he might have killed a mugger who tried to stab him. Connagh was homeless at the time.
“[I] punched him square in the face, disarmed him and threw him into a canal. I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him,” he wrote, according to the AP.
“He avoided our questioning and that is when we issued the arrest warrant,” a spokesperson from the Dutch prosecution service said, according to The Guardian. “Every year around 12 bodies are discovered in the Amsterdam canal and this can be for different reasons – for example, if they have been pushed or if they are drunk. We do not know yet if one of the bodies found in 1988 refers to the person described by Connagh in his autobiography.”
A warrant for Connagh’s arrest was issued in May last year after his book was released. He has since been released on bail, and his next hearing is scheduled for November 28. The incident is still under investigation.
Connagh’s defense lawyer said in court that there was a “lot missing information” from his clients’ book. “There doesn’t appear to be a named victim in the warrant, date of birth or even an address where this matter took place,” Chris Stevens said, via the AP.
Connagh is a former panelist on the BBC series Eggheads. He left the program after several years in 2011 to pursue acting but briefly returned in 2014.
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