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'Chilling' footage of hooded figure pursuing murdered homeless man released by police

Footage has been released of the final movements of Piotr Krowka, a Polish man tragically murdered at a property in Maghera.

The new images, from Easter Saturday March 31 - the day the PSNI believes Mr Krowka was killed - show a hooded man who police are keen to identify.

The 36-year-old had had been living on and off in the Co Londonderry town since 2005, and had recently been sleeping rough after returning from London in December 2017.

His body was discovered on Tuesday, April 3 at a property on the Glen Road - three days after it is believed he was killed.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy says he hopes the images "prompt someone's memory" and may represent the "last time Piotr was seen alive by anyone other than those who killed him".

"Chillingly, during his journey up Main Street, he is being followed by a hooded man," DS Murphy says in the video.

"We need to establish who this man is. I believe someone in the community knows him."

In the extracts of the footage Mr Krowka can be seen walking along the Coleraine Road at 8.50pm on Easter Saturday, making his way up Main Street at 8.58pm, before crossing the road and turning left onto the Glen Road.

In the video DS Murphy makes an appeal to anyone with direct knowledge of Piotr's murder.

"I believe someone has information about who killed him. I would urge those people to examine their conscience, and ask themselves if they can carry the burden of that guilt forever?" he says.

"If you know anything now is the time to do the right thing and tell police."

"Take the time to ask yourself: Is someone you know acting out of character? Did they come home on Easter Saturday with blood on their clothes? Did they dispose of this clothing? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, please contact police."

Four people have so far been arrested and released in connection with the murder of Mr Krowka.

Anyone with any information about the murder is asked to contact the PSNI on non-emergency number 101 quoting the reference 919 of 03/04/2018.

Alternatively the public can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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