Video: ‘We want justice’ says Julie Finch, mother of murdered James Attfield
The mother of a murdered Colchester man has said she wants justice for her son.
James Attfield was brutally killed close to Lower Castle Park on March 29.
He was found with 102 stab wounds and died at the scene shortly after his body was discovered.
Six months on from his death Mr Attfield’s mother Julie Finch has made a plea for his killer – or anyone with information about the murder – to come forward.
Ms Finch said: “We just want justice for Jim.
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“We want this person to be caught, not just for our own peace of mind and for Jim, but for everybody.
“The police are working tirelessly to fit all of the little pieces of the jigsaw together.
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“You just get on and live each day as it comes.
“We do miss him, we think of him every day.”
Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett, who is leading the murder investigation for Essex Police, said the team remained confident it would find those responsible.
He described the case as “complex but very active”, and revealed that in the past month around 50 items had been sent for forensic testing linked to the case.
Mr Werrett said: “We are still following up several lines of inquiry.
“We are still speaking to witnesses and had a new one come forward the other day with information we are running with.
“I think someone in Colchester knows who is responsible or where the weapon is. They might not want to talk to police, but they can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously if they wish.”
A reward of £10,000 remains on offer from Crimestoppers for information leading to the conviction of someone for Mr Attfield’s murder.
New CCTV footage has been issued of two people seen in East Street, leaving a pathway which connects through to Castle Park, between 4.29am and 4.43am on Saturday March 29.
Mr Werrett is keen to eliminate them from the investigation, along with six men plus a man and a woman from a park bench not yet identified from previously released CCTV.
To date 10 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.
A 19-year-old man arrested on Wednesday remains in police custody for questioning.
Nine other people have been re-bailed since their arrest.
Read the full interview with Ms Finch in tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times.