BBC TV personality has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter
Eggheads star CJ de Mooi is reportedly under investigation relating to 12 bodies found in the Amsterdam canals during the 1980s and suspicion that he may be responsible for one of the deaths.
The BBC quiz show personality, real name Joseph Connagh, 46, was arrested earlier this week at London’s Heathrow airport on suspicion of manslaughter. The arrest followed claims that de Mooi detailed in his 2015 autobiography.
In his book last year, de Mooi confessed that he may have killed a mugger while he was living rough in Amsterdam in 1988. He 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.”
A Netherlands Public Prosecution Service spokesman has since told The Sun: “In 1988 the Amsterdam police found around 12 bodies in the canals. One of them could be his victim if his story seems to be true.”
BBC News reports that de Mooi appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (September 22) and was granted bail and ordered to not travel overseas, to sleep at his home address every night and to keep a charged mobile phone with him at all times. A further hearing has been set for November.
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.