Man is arrested over killing of paedophile drag queen, 39, in Cardiff01/25/2023
Man, 50, is arrested over killing of paedophile drag queen, 39, found dead in alleyway in yellow dress, blonde wig, full make up and false breasts
- Darren Moore, 39, known as Crystal Couture, had worked with TV’s RuPaul
- The drag queen was found dead in Cardiff in the early hours of January 22
A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a paedophile drag queen was found dead in an alleyway dressed in full stage costume.
Jeweller Darren Moore, 39, a convicted sex offender, went missing on his way home from his regular Sunday night performance at a gay nightclub in Cardiff.
He was found dead in the city centre still dressed in his luminous yellow dress, blonde wig, full make up and his trademark false breasts.
South Wales Police said a local man, 50, had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and was being held in custody while inquiries continue.
Aman has been arrested following the death of Darren Moore, who also performed under the name CC Quinn, whose body was found in Cardiff city centre in the early hours of January 22
Darren Moore, was last seen in Cardiff while wearing full face make-up, a luminous green dress, blonde wig, heels and carrying a clutch bag
As a teenager, and under his previous name of Darren Sewell, he was convicted of four counts of rape on a boy under the age of 14 and sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for three years
A post-mortem examination has been carried out on Darren, and further tests are ongoing to establish the cause of his death.
Moore, known as Crystal Couture, had worked with TV’s RuPaul was popular in the gay scene across the UK.
Members of the LGBT+ community are holding a vigil in his memory tonight in a street close to where his body was found.
Police have appealed for calm and urged people not to speculate after claims were made on social media that Darren was beaten to death.
Superintendent Michelle Conquer, Head of Operations in Cardiff, said: ‘We understand there is shock and upset in the local and wider community following the death of Darren Moore who was a well-known drag artist in Cardiff.
‘Cardiff has a long and proud tradition of recognising, celebrating, and protecting equality and diversity. South Wales Police is proud to represent and protect all communities that it serves.
‘Anyone who has concerns is asked to please contact us in confidence.
‘While an investigation is on-going, our Neighbourhood Policing Team as always will continue to provide a visible police presence in the city centre.
Members of the LGBT+ community are holding a vigil in his memory tonight in a street close to where his body was found (pictured)
Moore had worked with TV’s RuPaul and was well known on the gay scene across the UK
As a teenager, and under his previous name of Darren Sewell, he was convicted of four counts of rape on a boy under the age of 14 and sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for three years.
He was banned from having contact with children but in 2011 he was convicted of breaching the order by working as a gymnastics and dance tutor with children in Cardiff.
He was sentenced to a three-year sex offender’s treatment programme, a 24-month supervision order, 300 hours unpaid work and a six-month curfew on electronic tag.
Crystal Couture’s official website describes his act as ‘for audiences large and small and of all ages’ and ‘available for wedding, christening, birthdays, and celebrations of all types’.
But audience members walked out of a ‘Pride Without Prejudice’ event in 2018 when he made insensitive jokes about prolific child abuser Jimmy Saville.
Darren, of Newport, Gwent, changed his name to Moore when he married his long term partner also called Darren.
Moore changed his name to when he married his long term partner also called Darren
He ran a company called Blingblingbling and exhibited his jewellery at RuPaul’s annual Dragcon event in London in 2020.
Flowers have been laid in Windsor Place, close to the city’s main shopping street, where Darren’s body was found early on Monday morning.
He had been reported missing after failing to return home and he was not answering his mobile phone.
Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the ‘outgoing and funny’ entertainer who was known on the gay scene across the UK.
Cardiff gay bar the Golden Cross tweeted under the headline Rest in Fabulousness: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of Darren Moore’s passing. He was the life and soul of the Party and would always be entertaining the masses, usually accompanied with a round of shots.’
Jeweller Moore, 39, a convicted sex offender, had been reported missing after disappearing on a night out with friends
Darren’s husband, also called Darren Moore, has been told about the arrest along with his family.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Raikes, said: ‘Initial investigations have so far not revealed or confirmed any obvious cause of death, however extensive inquiries are continuing to establish the cause and circumstances of Mr Moore’s death.
‘I would like to thank the community for the excellent support they have provided to this investigation so far, which has helped enormously, and I would appeal for anyone with information to please come forward.
‘I would also again like to respectfully ask people to refrain from speculating on social media about what has occurred and please let the police investigation take its course.’
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have seen Darren in Cardiff city centre during the early hours of Sunday to please come forward.
They are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Park Lane and Windsor Place between 3am and 7am.
Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting and updating Darren’s family.
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