Detectives have tonight released a CCTV image of Jamie McMahon as they attempted to retrace his steps on the night of his murder.
Jamie, aged 26, from Far Cotton, was found dead in St Giles Churchyard, in Northampton town centre, at around 7.45am last Wednesday morning.
Seven days on, the detectives leading the hunt for his killer retraced his final steps, visiting the town centre bars he had been in on the night of the attack, as well as a take-away where Jamie was last pictured.
Police have confirmed Jamie had played snooker and then went to two pubs on Tuesday evening, the night before his body was discovered.
He went to Bar So shortly after midnight, and then to The Bantam, also in Abington Square, some stage before 2am.
He earlier left Coopers snooker hall at around midnight. Jamie, of Abbey Road, was last seen ordering food in Flames kebab shop, in York Road, at around 2am.
Police believe he then walked along York Road and cut through into St Giles Church, at around 2.10am.
His body was found more than five hours after later, by a passerby who was on their way to work.
Officers now say they believe Jamie was subjected to a “vicious” attack, although police are still waiting for the results of tests before confirming how he died.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies said piecing together what happened to Jamie in between 2.10am and 7.45am on Wednesday was central to the murder investigation.
Speaking tonight, he said: “The key issue for me at the moment is to establish who visited the town centre last week, between about midnight and about 4am in the morning.”
DCI Davies was joined by other detectives as well as special constables to speak to people in Northampton town centre and put up posters inside the pubs and take-aways Jamie was last seen in.
He added: “Jamie was a keen snooker player and he started off his evening with a match in his local club, Coopers.
“After he left there he went to one or two pubs in town and after that he ended his night by buying a take away from a shop in York Road and we know that after buying that meal he was on his way home when he took a shortcut through St Giles Churchyard.
“We have been tracking Jamie’s movements through Northampton town centre and that is part of the reason we are doing this tonight, to see if there is any more CCTV of him.
“We know when he was in the kebab shop different people came in and bought kebabs, so again if you were in that kebab shop we would ask you to come forward.”
Police still believe Jamie was the victim of a violent robbery, although they are refusing to rule out other possibilities.
Detectives have confirmed his Paul Smith wallet, which also contained his provisional driving licence, his Nationwide bank card and cash, is missing.
Police this week said: “None of these items were found when Jamie’s body was discovered.”
Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.