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12-10-04, 16:14

1978: Sex Pistol Vicious on murder charge

Punk Rocker Sid Vicious has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found in their New York hotel room.

The former Sex Pistol and Miss Spungen were staying in a room at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan.

Staff said Mr Vicious phoned room service to raise the alarm and then ran downstairs saying "something's happened to my girl".

Police called to the scene handcuffed Mr Vicious. As he was led away he shouted at a small crowd gathered to "sod off".

A New York police department spokesman says he will face a murder charge under his real name, John Ritchie. If proven guilty he could face life imprisonment.

The controversial punk rock star met Miss Spungen in London last year and moved to New York to work on a career outside of the Sex Pistols.

The band effectively split in January after lead singer Johnny Rotten walked out at the end of their US tour.

'Drugs paraphernalia'

Police say Miss Spungen was found in Room 100 dressed only in her underwear with stab wounds to her stomach. They also retrieved "drugs paraphernalia".

The pair were in the spotlight earlier this year after being charged in London for possession of amphetamine. Friends say recently they had been visiting heroin addiction clinics.

Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious' manager, is expected to fly out to New York on the first plane tomorrow.

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