Potential witnesses who may hold the key to solving the murder of Northampton man, Jon Casey, are being urged to contact police.
Mr Casey, aged 35, was found seriously injured in Barrack Road, Northampton, at about 5.30pm on Friday, January 16. He died in Northampton General Hospital a short time later.
Images have been released of 10 people who officers believe were in the area of Barrack Road around the time of Mr Casey’s attack, who may have important information that will help with the investigation.
Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway is hoping the people pictured in the CCTV images will recognise themselves and get in touch.
She said: “We have spoken to a number of people who were in the area that evening but there are still more that we haven’t been able to trace and who we believe may be able to help us.
“They may have seen or heard something that on its own appears insignificant but, when pieced together with other information, could be hugely important, and I urge them to call us.
I must stress that the people we are asking to come forward are witnesses onlyDetective Inspector Louise Hemingway
“I must stress that the people we are asking to come forward are witnesses only and anything they tell us will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
The 10 images show people walking in Barrack Road between 5.15pm and 5.20pm on Friday, January 16, who police would like to make contact with.
Photograph one shows a man walking up the right-hand side of Hester Street towards Barrack Road at 5.13pm.
Photo two reveals a man and woman walking up the right-hand side of Hester Street in the direction of Barrack Road at 5.14pm.
Photographs three and four show two young people on bikes riding down Hester Street in the direction of Semilong Road at 5.17pm.
Taken a minute later, photograph five shows a person walking down Hester Street in the direction of Semilong Road. They may have passed Mr Casey and the suspects near the top of Hester Street.
Photograph six shows two people in Barrack Road, walking in the direction of Hester Street at 5.18pm. They may have passed Mr Casey and the suspects, although on the opposite side of the road
At 5.19pm, photograph seven shows a person coming out of the area of the Co-op Funeral Services. Police believe Mr Casey and the suspects would have been on the opposite side of the road.
The final two photographs, also taken at 5.19pm, show people walking on the opposite side of Barrack Road who can be seen looking over in the direction of the incident.
Earlier this month detectives said they would particularly like to speak to a woman who was pushing a buggy in Hester Street at about 5.15pm, however police are now no longer trying to trace this woman.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
FIVE ARRESTED BUT NO-ONE CHARGED IN SEARCH FOR ATTACKERS WHO KILLED JOHN
Northamptonshire Police has made five arrests in the Jon Casey murder investigation but nobody has been charged with any offence.
A week after Mr Casey was murdered, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. The man was subsequently released on bail, pending further enquiries.
On February 4, as part of the murder investigation, four men – aged 18, 19 and two aged 20 – were arrested in Coventry on suspicion of assisting an offender. These four men have also all been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Detectives investigating the murder believe that Mr Casey was involved in an altercation with two black men shortly before he was found with stab injuries in Barrack Road.
It is believed a number of cars had to swerve out of the way of the altercation, which spilled into Barrack Road, near the old Royal Mail sorting office at about 5.20pm on January 16.
Detective Inspector Mark Brayfield described it as “a brutal and ultimately fatal attack”.
KILLERS ‘MAY HAVE KNOWN’ VICTIM’
The detective leading the investigation into Jon Casey’s death said she believed his murder was “not a random attack”.
Northamptonshire Police Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway, who is leading the murder investigation, said it was possible Mr Casey’s attackers may have known who he was.
She said: “We think there may well be a link but we are yet to fully establish that.
“We clearly want to understand why Jon was a target.
“We don’t think there was any risk to any other members of the public at that time.”
Ms Hemingway said police had found a number of “items of interest” that were being forensically analysed to establish whether any of them were the murder weapon, which is believed to have been a knife.
She said: “We have picked up a number of items but we can’t say at this stage if any of them are the actual murder weapon.
“All the items are being subject to full forensic analysis.”
The detective inspector said she had a large team of officers working on the case, including colleagues from Leicestershire and Derbyshire forces.
Ms Hemingway said Mr Casey’s family were being kept updated about the investigation and were keen for his attackers to be brought to justice.
She said: “As you can imagine they are utterly devastated and are still struggling to come to terms with what has happened.”
The detective said officers believed Mr Casey may have been in the Barrack Road area because he has a “number of friends there”.
Ms Hemingway said Northamptonshire Police was pleased with the number of people who had come forward with information to help with the investigation.
She said officers had sifted through hours of
CCTV footage to identify the events around Mr Casey’s death and establish the identities of any potential witnesses who may have been in the Barrack Road or Hester Street area at the time of the fatal attack.