‘Eggheads’ star CJ de Mooi arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

BBC quiz show star alleged to have killed a mugger in 1988

A star of the BBC quiz show Eggheads has reportedly been arrested at London’s Heathrow airport on suspicion of manslaughter.

CJ de Mooi, 46, had previously confessed that he may have killed a mugger while he was living rough in Amsterdam in 1988.

In his autobiography last year, de Mooi described how he “snapped” and “knocked the knife out of [the mugger]’s hand and threw him in the canal”. He added: “I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him.”

De Mooi went on to write of the alleged incident: “He told me to turn around, open my bag and give him whatever was inside… It was the only outburst of violence I’ve ever done. That’s one of the main reasons why I absolutely abhor all violence.”

The Guardian‘s Josh Halliday reports that de Mooi “has been arrested at Heathrow airport on suspicion of murder” and that he has been “[detained] under a European Arrest Warrant issued in Netherlands”.

The Evening Standard reports that de Mooi, real name Joseph Connagh, was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody awaiting a court hearing. He could be extradited on manslaughter charges, the Standard adds.

Earlier this year, de Mooi was cleared of sexual assault claims and hit out at the BBC for “hanging him out to dry” over the allegations.