Basil McAfee's axe murderer still at large, warn police
An axe murderer is still at large a year after killing a man in a frenzied attack, police have warned.
Detectives yesterday renewed their appeal for help in catching the killer of Basil McAfee (50).
Mr McAfee was found by his mother at his home in Henderson Avenue, north Belfast, at lunchtime on December 20 last year.
The last public sighting of him was a day earlier in an off-licence on the nearby Cavehill Road.
PSNI detective chief inspector John McVea, who is leading the investigation, said: "The death has slipped somewhat from public consciousness, but it remains a heartache for his family.
"They are about to face a second Christmas without Basil and without knowing why this happened and who is responsible.
"Basil's murder is still being investigated. He suffered a violent death at the hands of an assailant who was probably wielding an axe and a long-bladed knife.
"For as long as that individual remains at large, they remain a danger to others."
Over the past year, detectives have made three arrests only for the suspects to be released.
But Mr McVea said police were hopeful of a break in the case after building up a picture of the victim and his lifestyle.
"Our major investigation team continues to follow a number of definite lines of inquiry, but we need help," he added.
"Last year, we issued CCTV images of Basil in an off-licence on the Cavehill Road on December 19. We have spoken to a number of people who saw him alive at his home in Henderson Avenue later that day, but we believe there are others who visited Basil who have yet to come forward."
As well as re-issuing the CCTV image of Mr McAfee in the off-licence, officers have released a photo of the murder scene - the living room of his house.
"I appreciate this is difficult for Basil's family as they face a second Christmas without him and without answers," Mr McVea said.
"For their sake and for justice for Basil, I am asking anyone with information about his movements, anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area that evening, to contact detectives."