A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in connection with the brutal murders of French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez.
The friends, both 23, were bound, gagged and stabbed to death in a bedsit in New Cross, south London, on Sunday night.
Police said the man was arrested at 3.40am. He is currently in custody at a south-east London police station.
The arrest comes as police revealed the pair may have been tortured for the PINs to their bank cards.
A police source told The Sun that cards belonging to biochemists Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez are missing and have been used to draw cash at ATMs. Detectives appealed to criminals to help trap the killer - or killers - who tied up and stabbed Laurent 196 times and Gabriel 47 times.
They hope to trace two Sony PSPs stolen during the slaughter at Laurent’s bedsit in New Cross, South East London, on Sunday.
A week earlier, a burglar took a Packard Bell Easynote laptop. Cops want to hear from anyone offered the equipment. The laptop is number FBHg-P-032W. One of the PlayStations was number SO1-0613169-C.
A blaze was started to destroy evidence — using accelerant TAKEN to the flat. Det Chief Insp Mick Duthie said: “It suggests premeditation.” The savage stabbings suggest a sadist like Mr Blonde in Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs. Forensic psychologist Gerard Bailes said such killers become “highly aroused” by their control over trussed up victims.
The students, both 23, were on post-graduate projects at London’s Imperial College. Flowers were laid yesterday at Clermont-Ferrand University in central France, where both studied.
Family and friends have paid tribute to the pair.
The father of Mr Ferez described his son as “incredibly gifted”.
Olivier Ferez, a nurse, told a national newspaper: “We are just in shock and completely devastated.
“Gabriel is, was, the most intelligent, affectionate, wonderful son anyone could ever want.
“He had such a bright future and now that has gone.”
According to Le Parisien, Mr Bonomo’s best friend at school, called Aurelien,
said: “You could always count on him.”
Another friend, Erik, said: “He was really happy all the time. He was a party
type, always open to other people.”