PSNI in fresh appeal over Belfast murder

Friday 03 January 2014 12.18
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Police say Basil McAfee suffered a violent death
Police say Basil McAfee suffered a violent death
Mr McAfee was last seen alive in an off-licence on the Cavehill Road on 19 December
Mr McAfee was last seen alive in an off-licence on the Cavehill Road on 19 December
PSNI issued a new appeal to the public for help
PSNI issued a new appeal to the public for help
Detectives have released CCTV footage of Mr McAfee
Detectives have released CCTV footage of Mr McAfee
The 50-year-old's body was discovered in a house off the Cavehill Road on 20 December
The 50-year-old's body was discovered in a house off the Cavehill Road on 20 December
Flowers outside the house where Mr McAfee's body was discovered
Flowers outside the house where Mr McAfee's body was discovered

Police investigating the murder of a 50-year-old man in Belfast before Christmas have made a new appeal to the public for help and released CCTV footage of the victim.

Basil McAfee was found dead in a house off the Cavehill Road in North Belfast on 20 December.

Detectives released CCTV images of the last sighting of him alive, at an off-licence on the Cavehill Road on 19 December.

Police believe the victim was with other people in the off-licence, but so far they have not come forward.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector John McVea said: "Basil suffered a violent death. I believe he was beaten about the head with a sharp implement and then stabbed.

"This was a savage, frenzied attack. A number of items were taken from the house.

"Whoever did this is a danger to others in the community while still at large."