Detectives link Trowbridge crash to earlier murder

Police in two counties are investigating a theory that a man who died in an horrific head-on crash with a lorry had committed murder hours earlier.

The case began when a silver Toyota Yaris collided with an articulated truck on the A350 near Trowbridge last Friday, killing the driver of the car.

Wiltshire Police began to try to identify him and their enquiries led to a flat in neighbouring Dorset 60 miles away.

But when officers entered the property in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth just after lunch on Friday they found the body of Ibrahim Youseuf, 42.

Enquiries were made into the circumstances of the death and a murder investigation was launched.

Detectives in Dorset say the two incidents are linked and the two dead men knew each other. They are keen to hear from neighbours who may have heard an argument coming from the house on Thursday night.

As a result of our enquiries I can confirm we are linking this murder to a fatal road traffic collision that occurred in Wiltshire at approximately 6.15am on Friday 11 October 2013.

We are currently liaising closely with Wiltshire Police in relation to this.The details of the deceased from the road traffic collision are currently unknown and we are attempting to identify the driver and contact the next of kin.

I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or heard an argument between 8pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 10 October 2013 in the area of 5 Gloucester Road in Boscombe, or anyone with any information about who is responsible to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.

I would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident and that both the deceased were known to each other.

– Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, Dorset Police Major Crime Team