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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
'Ritual death' man may be healer
Aerial view of Leagrave Park and car park
The body was found in the car park at Leagrave Park, Luton
A man who was found beaten and stabbed to death in a car park may have been a spiritual faith healer from the Gambia, police said on Friday.

The victim, described as black and in his 20s, was found by a cyclist in Leagrave Park car park in Luton, Bedfordshire, last Saturday.

The man's death has been described by detectives as "like a ritual killing".

Officers have not released a name, but think he may be a faith healer who came the UK from the Gambia in 2003.

Det Supt Keith Garwood, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are focusing in on a number of strong leads as to the motive for his death.

"The way the body was dumped also suggests little thought has gone into the disposing of it, and that in itself is providing us with a number of clues."

The victim was found wearing a black shirt and jeans under which he also wore tracksuit trousers. He was wearing nothing on his feet.

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