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Eggheads star ARRESTED on suspicion of murder

Quiz show character wrote about an incident in his autobiography

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Egghead CJ de Mooi has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The quiz show star – real name Joseph Connagh – was arrested under a European arrest warrant by Dutch Police at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and faces being extradited to the Netherlands.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “A man was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, 21 September on a European Arrest Warrant issued in the Netherlands in relation to an allegation of murder.

“Joseph Connagh, 46, self employed, of Monmouthshire appears in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.”

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It comes after the quiz show star, who was one of five regular panellists on the popular BBC show, admitted he may have killed a mugger two decades ago.

In an extract from his autobiography, De Mooi said he punched the mugger, who approached him with a knife, before throwing him in the canal.

He wrote: “He caught me on the wrong day and I just snapped. I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him.”

De Mooi worked as a prostitute in London as a teenager, before moving to Amsterdam, where he lived on the streets.

His life turned around after he was spotted by a model scout. De Mooi, which means  “handsome” in Dutch, became his modelling name.

Earlier this year De Mooi was probed by police on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old man.

No charges were brought against him.