Detectives ask for help to catch frenzied killers

Gazette: Detectives ask for help to catch frenzied killers Detectives ask for help to catch frenzied killers

DETECTIVES are asking the public for help following the murder of a vulnerable brain damaged man.

Jim Attfield, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was found near Castle Park stabbed more than a hundred times.
 

The father-of-five lived in assisted accommodation after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash four years ago.

He was found unconscious at 5.45am on Saturday and died soon after.

Chief Supt Carl O’Malley revealed they are no closer to finding a motive or how many people were involved.
 

He said: “We don’t know if there was more than one attacker or how many weapons were used.
 

“We have no identifiable motive and have a large gap in his movements from 10.10pm on Friday to when he was found.
 

“We are looking at all available CCTV. We are searching the park and we are trying to find a weapon but we need a breakthrough and need help from the public who can provide it.”
 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Essex Police emergency hotline on 01245 282103.
 

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

See the full update in Wednesday's Gazette.

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5:23pm Tue 1 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

Killers? Does that suggest more than one person?

Really need to get the evil scumbag (s)!
Killers? Does that suggest more than one person? Really need to get the evil scumbag (s)! SAndrewss
  • Score: 10

5:41pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Weazelbum says...

Let's hope CCTV helps, looks like it's the police's only help at the moment, though how no-one saw or heard anything is hard to believe....
Let's hope CCTV helps, looks like it's the police's only help at the moment, though how no-one saw or heard anything is hard to believe.... Weazelbum
  • Score: 10

7:07pm Tue 1 Apr 14

reggaevibes says...

So sad , as a disabled person myself i wont be going out at night no more . the scum who done this are cowards !
So sad , as a disabled person myself i wont be going out at night no more . the scum who done this are cowards ! reggaevibes
  • Score: 12

8:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

karen f says...

To have inflicted such terrible wounds and the amount dealt surely would mean that the attacker(s) must have been covered in blood? If anyone knows any family or friends that have acted suspiciously since that night or came home in different clothing or no longer have clothing they owned before, please do the right thing and contact the police. This person/people need to be caught and this family need to have some answers. Such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who knew James. Come on people, the police need all the help they can get right now.
To have inflicted such terrible wounds and the amount dealt surely would mean that the attacker(s) must have been covered in blood? If anyone knows any family or friends that have acted suspiciously since that night or came home in different clothing or no longer have clothing they owned before, please do the right thing and contact the police. This person/people need to be caught and this family need to have some answers. Such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who knew James. Come on people, the police need all the help they can get right now. karen f
  • Score: 26

8:49pm Tue 1 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

karen f wrote:
To have inflicted such terrible wounds and the amount dealt surely would mean that the attacker(s) must have been covered in blood? If anyone knows any family or friends that have acted suspiciously since that night or came home in different clothing or no longer have clothing they owned before, please do the right thing and contact the police. This person/people need to be caught and this family need to have some answers. Such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who knew James. Come on people, the police need all the help they can get right now.
I agree, but I think there needs to be more information put out. James left at 10:09 leaving three quarters of a pint which was apparently unusual, he was then found some 7 hours later unconscious. Apart from the fact that I'm not quite sure how a human being could receive 102 stab wounds and remain alive, which is just chilling and unimaginable; where was the poor lad for the last 7 hours of his life? He was found a five minute walk from the pub, it doesn't make sense, someone out there knows something and they need to do the decent thing and report it, no matter how trivial their information may seem.
[quote][p][bold]karen f[/bold] wrote: To have inflicted such terrible wounds and the amount dealt surely would mean that the attacker(s) must have been covered in blood? If anyone knows any family or friends that have acted suspiciously since that night or came home in different clothing or no longer have clothing they owned before, please do the right thing and contact the police. This person/people need to be caught and this family need to have some answers. Such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who knew James. Come on people, the police need all the help they can get right now.[/p][/quote]I agree, but I think there needs to be more information put out. James left at 10:09 leaving three quarters of a pint which was apparently unusual, he was then found some 7 hours later unconscious. Apart from the fact that I'm not quite sure how a human being could receive 102 stab wounds and remain alive, which is just chilling and unimaginable; where was the poor lad for the last 7 hours of his life? He was found a five minute walk from the pub, it doesn't make sense, someone out there knows something and they need to do the decent thing and report it, no matter how trivial their information may seem. SAndrewss
  • Score: 21

9:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

karen f says...

Unfortunately SAndrewss it doesn't appear that they have any more information to put out ... “We don’t know if there was more than one attacker or how many weapons were used.

“We have no identifiable motive and have a large gap in his movements from 10.10pm on Friday to when he was found.

It seems they are pretty reliant on help from the general public at the moment to fill in the missing pieces.
Unfortunately SAndrewss it doesn't appear that they have any more information to put out ... “We don’t know if there was more than one attacker or how many weapons were used. “We have no identifiable motive and have a large gap in his movements from 10.10pm on Friday to when he was found. It seems they are pretty reliant on help from the general public at the moment to fill in the missing pieces. karen f
  • Score: 3

10:04pm Tue 1 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

There is a report on look East after the BBC new at 10pm.
There is a report on look East after the BBC new at 10pm. SAndrewss
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Tue 1 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

See!!! The police have just said James usually got up at 5 in the morning and went for a walk in Castle Park and are asking if that's what happened. Until now everybody has assumed he was murdered on the way home from a pub the night before.

The police need to release more information and be candid with the public.
See!!! The police have just said James usually got up at 5 in the morning and went for a walk in Castle Park and are asking if that's what happened. Until now everybody has assumed he was murdered on the way home from a pub the night before. The police need to release more information and be candid with the public. SAndrewss
  • Score: 6

10:50pm Tue 1 Apr 14

karen f says...

Well it certainly seems a possibility as the poor man was still alive but unconscious when found at 5.45am. It takes time to piece someone's life together, they are probably releasing info as and when they have more to give.
Well it certainly seems a possibility as the poor man was still alive but unconscious when found at 5.45am. It takes time to piece someone's life together, they are probably releasing info as and when they have more to give. karen f
  • Score: 6

11:01pm Tue 1 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

karen f wrote:
Well it certainly seems a possibility as the poor man was still alive but unconscious when found at 5.45am. It takes time to piece someone's life together, they are probably releasing info as and when they have more to give.
Yes you are probably right.
[quote][p][bold]karen f[/bold] wrote: Well it certainly seems a possibility as the poor man was still alive but unconscious when found at 5.45am. It takes time to piece someone's life together, they are probably releasing info as and when they have more to give.[/p][/quote]Yes you are probably right. SAndrewss
  • Score: 2

11:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

L Phill says...

He was posting on facebook between 22:23 and 01:33
He was posting on facebook between 22:23 and 01:33 L Phill
  • Score: 3

12:12am Wed 2 Apr 14

Cufcfan says...

Sound like he was planning/wanted to go according to his Facebook page.
Sound like he was planning/wanted to go according to his Facebook page. Cufcfan
  • Score: -4

1:10am Wed 2 Apr 14

HARRY438 says...

SAndrewss wrote:
karen f wrote:
To have inflicted such terrible wounds and the amount dealt surely would mean that the attacker(s) must have been covered in blood? If anyone knows any family or friends that have acted suspiciously since that night or came home in different clothing or no longer have clothing they owned before, please do the right thing and contact the police. This person/people need to be caught and this family need to have some answers. Such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who knew James. Come on people, the police need all the help they can get right now.
I agree, but I think there needs to be more information put out. James left at 10:09 leaving three quarters of a pint which was apparently unusual, he was then found some 7 hours later unconscious. Apart from the fact that I'm not quite sure how a human being could receive 102 stab wounds and remain alive, which is just chilling and unimaginable; where was the poor lad for the last 7 hours of his life? He was found a five minute walk from the pub, it doesn't make sense, someone out there knows something and they need to do the decent thing and report it, no matter how trivial their information may seem.
It would take more than five minutes to walk at night time from Middleboro to Wakefield Road?
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karen f[/bold] wrote: To have inflicted such terrible wounds and the amount dealt surely would mean that the attacker(s) must have been covered in blood? If anyone knows any family or friends that have acted suspiciously since that night or came home in different clothing or no longer have clothing they owned before, please do the right thing and contact the police. This person/people need to be caught and this family need to have some answers. Such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who knew James. Come on people, the police need all the help they can get right now.[/p][/quote]I agree, but I think there needs to be more information put out. James left at 10:09 leaving three quarters of a pint which was apparently unusual, he was then found some 7 hours later unconscious. Apart from the fact that I'm not quite sure how a human being could receive 102 stab wounds and remain alive, which is just chilling and unimaginable; where was the poor lad for the last 7 hours of his life? He was found a five minute walk from the pub, it doesn't make sense, someone out there knows something and they need to do the decent thing and report it, no matter how trivial their information may seem.[/p][/quote]It would take more than five minutes to walk at night time from Middleboro to Wakefield Road? HARRY438
  • Score: 1

8:27am Wed 2 Apr 14

WebSiCo says...

Must catch whoever did this - to stab someone 102 times takes an unstable psychopath who could kill again at the slightesg provocation
Must catch whoever did this - to stab someone 102 times takes an unstable psychopath who could kill again at the slightesg provocation WebSiCo
  • Score: 7

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