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Police probed claims by psychics

Carlos Assaf
Carlos Assaf was found dead at his home in March

Police have defended an investigation into unfounded claims by psychics that a man who took his own life had actually been murdered.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they had a responsibility to victims and families to investigate all deaths thoroughly.

They were reacting to reports that they started an inquiry after psychics told 32-year-old Carlos Assaf's family he had been killed by gangsters.

A verdict of suicide was later recorded on Mr Assaf, of Lampeter, Ceredigion.

The Dyfed-Powys force admitted the "revelations of the mystics" were brought to the attention of the police by the dead man's family.

According to the Cambrian News newspaper, police scoured pubs called the Red Lion from Burry Port to Tregaron and investigated leads in Manchester to try to substantiate the psychics' story.

The newspaper, which covered the inquest into the man's death, said mediums contacted by Mr Assaf's family said they had spoken to his ghost, which said he had been strangled after being forced to drink petrol and bleach.

'Reassure family'

In a statement, Dyfed-Powys Police said: "The revelations of the mystics were brought to our attention via the family and these were followed to reassure the family that the full circumstances of the death were as they appeared.

"Police have a responsibility to the deceased, their family and the public to investigate all deaths thoroughly."

The Cambrian News reported that Mr Assaf was found suspended from a weights bench at his home by a neighbour in March.

The inquest heard Mr Assaf had had a row with his girlfriend before taking his own life.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from hanging.

A spokesman for Ceredigion coroner Peter Brunton said Mr Assaf's death was recorded as suicide.

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