Sex Pis­tol Vi­cious on mur­der charge

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Punk Rocker Sid Vi­cious has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der af­ter the body of his girl­friend Nancy Spun­gen was found in their New York ho­tel room.

The former Sex Pis­tol and Miss Spun­gen were stay­ing in a room at the Chelsea Ho­tel in Man­hat­tan.

Staff said Mr Vi­cious phoned room ser­vice to raise the alarm and then ran down­stairs say­ing “some­thing’s hap­pened to my girl”.

Po­lice called to the scene hand­cuffed Mr Vi­cious. As he was led away he shouted at a small crowd gath­ered to “sod off”.

A New York po­lice depart­ment spokesman says he will face a mur­der charge un­der his real name, John Ritchie. If proven guilty he could face life im­pris­on­ment.

The con­tro­ver­sial punk rock star met Miss Spun­gen in Lon­don last year and moved to New York to work on a ca­reer out­side of the Sex Pis­tols.

The band ef­fec­tively split in Jan­uary af­ter lead singer Johnny Rot­ten walked out at the end of their US tour.

‘Drugs para­pher­na­lia’

Po­lice say Miss Spun­gen was found in Room 100 dressed only in her un­der­wear with stab wounds to her stom­ach. They also re­trieved “drugs para­pher­na­lia”.

The pair were in the spot­light ear­lier this year af­ter be­ing charged in Lon­don for pos­ses­sion of am­phet­a­mine. Friends say re­cently they had been vis­it­ing heroin ad­dic­tion clin­ics.

Mal­colm McLaren, Sid Vi­cious’ man­ager, is ex­pected to fly out to New York on the first plane to­mor­row.

He said: “I can’ be­lieve he was in­volved in such a thing. Sid was set to marry Nancy in New York. He was very close to her and had quite a pas­sion­ate af­fair with her.”

But the former bass player’s mother, Anne Bev­er­ley was crit­i­cal of her son’s re­la­tion­ship with Miss Spun­gen:

“I didn’t like his girl. I called her Nau­se­at­ing Nancy. She was a bad in­flu­ence on my Sid.”

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