Don held in murder inquiry bailed

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An Oxford University don held on suspicion of the murder of a professor with whom he co-authored a book has been released on bail.

Devinder Sivia was arrested on Wednesday night at his home in Southmoor, Oxford, after police discovered the body of Professor Steven Rawlings there.

After Dr Sivia left Abingdon police station yesterday, police said the death may be “a matter for a coroner’s inquest rather than a criminal court”.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests will be carried out over the coming weeks, Thames Valley Police said.

Det Supt Rob Mason, from the force’s major crime unit, said: “This is a tragic incident and our investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of death. A substantial amount of information is already in the public domain and we can confirm that the two individuals involved have been friends for over 30 years.

“I would emphasise that the police are investigating all potential circumstances that could have led to his death.

“We are mindful that ultimately the death may be a matter for a coroner’s inquest rather than a criminal court.”