Man in court charged with murdering 63-year-old former police officer who died on Grand Union Canal

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Man appears in court charged with murdering 63-year-old former police officer who died of serious head injuries on towpath of Grand Union Canal

  • Daniel Wisniewski, 34, of no fixed abode appeared in court charged with murder
  • A second suspect, a 41 year-old woman from Birmingham has also been arrested
  • The family of retired officer Clive Porter, 63, described him as ‘calm and caring’ 

A homeless man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 63-year-old retired police officer.

Daniel Wisniewski, 34, is accused of battering Clive Porter to death last Monday along the Grand Union Canal near Broughton, Bucks at around 12:20pm.

Wisniewski appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court this morning and is of no fixed abode.

Clive Porter, 63, died at the scene of severe head injuries. His family described him as a 'much loved husband, dad and grandad'

Clive Porter, 63, died at the scene of severe head injuries. His family described him as a ‘much loved husband, dad and grandad’

Mr Porter died at the scene after suffering severe head injuries and could not be revived by paramedics.

The heart-broken family of Mr Porter from Tring, Herts and a canal worker for the Canal and River Trust, described him as a ‘much loved husband, dad and grandad’.  

In a statement put out by police, the family said: ‘Clive Porter was a much loved husband, dad and grandad. 

‘He was a quiet calm and caring person, who served the community as a police officer for over 30 years before joining the Canal and River Trust. He was loved and respected by all who met him.

‘Clive had a passion for working outdoors and meeting people. He believed in caring for people and the environment through the principle of policing by the people for the people.

‘The family would like to thank the hard working investigation team at Thames Valley Police and also the family liaisons Detective constable James Armitage and Detective constable Lynda Stearman for their hard work and support.

‘The family have also been overwhelmed by all the support and messages of condolence they have received from friends, family and the wider community.

Mr Porter died last Monday along the Grand Union Canal. Daniel Wisniewski, 34 has appeared in court this morning

Mr Porter died last Monday along the Grand Union Canal. Daniel Wisniewski, 34 has appeared in court this morning

A 41-year-old woman from Birmingham was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. 

However, she was released on bail to return to Aylesbury Police Station on May 24.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘Daniel Wisniewski, aged 34 years, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder. 

‘It is in connection with the death of Clive Porter, aged 63, on Monday at the Grand Union Canal near Broughton.’

Forensic evidence was gathered at the scene. A 41-year old-woman from Birmingham has also been arrested and released on bail until May 24th

Forensic evidence was gathered at the scene. A 41-year old-woman from Birmingham has also been arrested and released on bail until May 24th

Mr Porter served as a police officer with Hertfordshire Constabulary for 30 years before his retirement.

Wisniewski was detained in hospital and treated for head injuries before being charged and police said they are not searching for anyone else in connection with the murder. 

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