Anthony Cavanagh murder: New plea to find sailor's killer

Pat and Anthony Cavanagh Anthony Cavanagh (pictured with his mother Pat) died in hospital 11 days after the attack

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Detectives investigating the murder of a Liverpool sailor have appealed for information on the eighth anniversary of his death.

Anthony Cavanagh, 22, was on shore leave from HMS Cardiff on 24 September 2005, when he was punched as he left the Walkabout bar in Concert Square.

He died after being in a coma for 11 days, at Walton Neurological Centre.

His mother Pat said that Friday would have been his 30th birthday, and "the pain of our loss doesn't go away".

Mr Cavanagh had accidentally bumped into a man as he went into the Walkabout bar and got into a brief argument, police said.

'Call terminated'

As he and his friends were leaving, they were confronted by a group of men.

Mr Cavanagh was then punched in the chin and fell backwards, suffering serious head injuries.

Det Supt Mark Guinness said he was "determined to find the person responsible for Anthony's death".

"I would particularly like to appeal to two men who called the incident room the day after the assault, but terminated their call part way through," he said.

"I believe they may have vital information about those responsible which could help us give Anthony's mum, Pat, and her family some closure."

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