Kent

Fresh appeal over Antoine Denis stab murder in Chatham

Antoine Denis
Image caption Police hope the CCTV image will prompt new information

Police investigating the murder of a man who was found with a single stab wound at his home in Kent have renewed their appeal for information.

The body of Antoine Denis, 66, was found inside his flat at Copperfield House, New Road, Chatham, on 9 January.

Last week, an inquest heard how police had failed to spot he had been murdered until undertakers found a knife in his back as they prepared to move the body.

The coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

A murder charge against a woman accused of stabbing Mr Denis was dropped in March following a joint decision made by Kent Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

No one else has been charged with his murder.

A CCTV image of Mr Denis prior to his death has been released by police as part of the fresh appeal for information.

'Caring family'

Investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Dave Chewter, said they particularly wanted to hear from anyone who saw Mr Denis in the Chatham area before 9 January.

"We believe that someone may still hold vital information and would like them to come forward no matter how small they think the details are," he said.

A statement from Mr Denis's family said: "Not many people are aware that Antoine had a family who cared about him.

"He was a brother, uncle and also a father to four grown up children.

"We have been deeply affected by his death and we would ask anybody who knows anything about what happened to help."

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