Greenstead murder: Police hunt man seen following Nahid Al-Manea days before her death

Halstead Gazette: Tuesday murder latest: Police hunt man seen following Nahid Al-Manea days before her death Tuesday murder latest: Police hunt man seen following Nahid Al-Manea days before her death

POLICE have released details of a man seen following Nahid Al-Manea days before her death. 

Police want to speak to a man identified by witnesses as walking behind two women at around 8.45am on Friday, June 13.

Witnesses believe that one of these women may have been Nahid Almanea.

The man was seen to follow them as they came out of a house in Stanley Wooster Way, Colchester.

He is described as white, in his 30s, around 5ft 10ins tall with short, dark hair. He was dressed casually and was wearing dark jeans.

He also had a local Colchester accent.

A week on the murder officers have also set up check points around the area, asking if they were there at the same time last week. 

Leaflets and posters, which have also been produced in Arabic, are also being handed out. 

Halstead Gazette:

Halstead Gazette:

Detectives are also looking at a possible link between the killing of Saudi student Nahid Al-Manea and a man filmed near Lower Castle Park, Colchester, hours before Jim Attfield’s death.

Police are still trying to trace seven men captured on CCTV in Middle Mill, hours before Mr Attfield’s murder on March 29.

One of them was wearing a coat similar to the jacket being worn by a man spotted on the Salary Brook Trail around the time Nahid’s body was found.

The man leading the hunt, Det Chief Supt Steve Worron, said the coat could connect the two murders.

He said: “Yes, this is one line of inquiry. I must stress, it is not the only line of inquiry."

Police want to speak to a man, wearing a light brown jacket, who was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17, walking from the direction of Essex University towards Greenstead.

Nahid was found with 16 stab wounds at 10.39am.

The man is described as between his late teens and 30, with thick, short, black hair, clean-shaven, of average build, tanned and not wearing glasses.

He was wearing a light brown Italian designer-style jacket, slightly longer than waist length, with brown buttons on the front and two pockets, with buttons on.

A man wearing a similar jacket was captured on CCTV in Middle Mill on Friday, March 28, at 10.56pm, though it is hard to be sure it is the same jacket because the CCTV image is poor quality.

Mr Attfield was found dead on a riverside path, opposite houses in Guildford Close, on Saturday, March 29, at 5.50am.

For a special report, see Tuesday's Gazette

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9:03am Tue 24 Jun 14

JBoswick says...

Just thinking about this coat link and it doesn't quite add up... That coat in the picture is quite a light colour and the first murder was a multiple stabbing... the coat would have been covered in blood - even with cleaning the coat would have blood still on it (I dread to think of the mess after a frenzied attack) why was blood not in the description of the coat for the 2nd attack?? Does the killer have two coats that are the same? Does the killer clean the coat.. if so, how does someone go from a frenzied messy attack to meticulously cleaning his coat or does someone clean it for him? Are the coats a coincidence?

I'm glad I'm not old bill
Just thinking about this coat link and it doesn't quite add up... That coat in the picture is quite a light colour and the first murder was a multiple stabbing... the coat would have been covered in blood - even with cleaning the coat would have blood still on it (I dread to think of the mess after a frenzied attack) why was blood not in the description of the coat for the 2nd attack?? Does the killer have two coats that are the same? Does the killer clean the coat.. if so, how does someone go from a frenzied messy attack to meticulously cleaning his coat or does someone clean it for him? Are the coats a coincidence? I'm glad I'm not old bill JBoswick
  • Score: 21

9:27am Tue 24 Jun 14

HHumphreys says...

The CCTV images provided from Middle Mill after Mr Attfield was murdered took images from between 10am and 5am (as listed on the CCTV timestamp), however later it transpired the CCTV timestamp was an hour fast. Did the police ever look at images taken from between 4am and 6am (in real time - i.e. 5am to 6am timestamp) as surely these would be more relevant given Mr Attfield was alive when he was found at 5.50am? Poor public information and poor reporting/updates not helping the situation.
The CCTV images provided from Middle Mill after Mr Attfield was murdered took images from between 10am and 5am (as listed on the CCTV timestamp), however later it transpired the CCTV timestamp was an hour fast. Did the police ever look at images taken from between 4am and 6am (in real time - i.e. 5am to 6am timestamp) as surely these would be more relevant given Mr Attfield was alive when he was found at 5.50am? Poor public information and poor reporting/updates not helping the situation. HHumphreys
  • Score: 16

11:08am Tue 24 Jun 14

iwitness says...

JBoswick wrote:
Just thinking about this coat link and it doesn't quite add up... That coat in the picture is quite a light colour and the first murder was a multiple stabbing... the coat would have been covered in blood - even with cleaning the coat would have blood still on it (I dread to think of the mess after a frenzied attack) why was blood not in the description of the coat for the 2nd attack?? Does the killer have two coats that are the same? Does the killer clean the coat.. if so, how does someone go from a frenzied messy attack to meticulously cleaning his coat or does someone clean it for him? Are the coats a coincidence?

I'm glad I'm not old bill
Coat probably removed beforehand. If it's the same person who is seen in the CCTV of the attack on the jogger it could be the coat in his right hand which would cover their clothes.
[quote][p][bold]JBoswick[/bold] wrote: Just thinking about this coat link and it doesn't quite add up... That coat in the picture is quite a light colour and the first murder was a multiple stabbing... the coat would have been covered in blood - even with cleaning the coat would have blood still on it (I dread to think of the mess after a frenzied attack) why was blood not in the description of the coat for the 2nd attack?? Does the killer have two coats that are the same? Does the killer clean the coat.. if so, how does someone go from a frenzied messy attack to meticulously cleaning his coat or does someone clean it for him? Are the coats a coincidence? I'm glad I'm not old bill[/p][/quote]Coat probably removed beforehand. If it's the same person who is seen in the CCTV of the attack on the jogger it could be the coat in his right hand which would cover their clothes. iwitness
  • Score: 15

12:17pm Tue 24 Jun 14

shallowJoker says...

If the murderer is reading this I think you should hand yourself in you are wasting alot of Police time, It's not like you are going to go to prison for ever anyway, you obviously need help!
If the murderer is reading this I think you should hand yourself in you are wasting alot of Police time, It's not like you are going to go to prison for ever anyway, you obviously need help! shallowJoker
  • Score: 8

5:16pm Tue 24 Jun 14

JohnStang says...

JBoswick wrote:
Just thinking about this coat link and it doesn't quite add up... That coat in the picture is quite a light colour and the first murder was a multiple stabbing... the coat would have been covered in blood - even with cleaning the coat would have blood still on it (I dread to think of the mess after a frenzied attack) why was blood not in the description of the coat for the 2nd attack?? Does the killer have two coats that are the same? Does the killer clean the coat.. if so, how does someone go from a frenzied messy attack to meticulously cleaning his coat or does someone clean it for him? Are the coats a coincidence?

I'm glad I'm not old bill
Most probably, the person spotted in the light coloured coat has nothing to do with the crime and was just another uni student.
[quote][p][bold]JBoswick[/bold] wrote: Just thinking about this coat link and it doesn't quite add up... That coat in the picture is quite a light colour and the first murder was a multiple stabbing... the coat would have been covered in blood - even with cleaning the coat would have blood still on it (I dread to think of the mess after a frenzied attack) why was blood not in the description of the coat for the 2nd attack?? Does the killer have two coats that are the same? Does the killer clean the coat.. if so, how does someone go from a frenzied messy attack to meticulously cleaning his coat or does someone clean it for him? Are the coats a coincidence? I'm glad I'm not old bill[/p][/quote]Most probably, the person spotted in the light coloured coat has nothing to do with the crime and was just another uni student. JohnStang
  • Score: 2

8:39pm Tue 24 Jun 14

*Leon* says...

The photo of the person walking on a pathway, in what looks like a designer jacket (That could be any designer style, including French/Parisian) I would like to add, does not look like a person that has just committed a frenzied attack resulting in a terrible death.
The man looked composed, as someone has stated above, no blood stains anywhere on the coat.
A telephoto lens shot, of the the chap zoomed in, would have been able to deduce at least some staining on the jacket the man was wearing.
I believe and I hope I am very wrong, that this man in the so called "Italian coat" is a red herring.
However this is a line of enquiry that has to be followed, very much like the "Im Jack Tape" during the Yorkshire Ripper enquiry.
Some of the keys to this case, are simple to follow and to keep a mind on, 1. Drugs (I mean illegal illicit drugs and not prescription drugs Lord Newbold):
2. Money and Possessions. (Jim took out £350 from a cash point some time before he was murdered):
3. Mental disability or complete psychotic breakdown.
This is someone, or a team of killers, linked to a major breakdown in human personal psyche.
The net is drawing closer now, mistakes are being made.
The photo of the person walking on a pathway, in what looks like a designer jacket (That could be any designer style, including French/Parisian) I would like to add, does not look like a person that has just committed a frenzied attack resulting in a terrible death. The man looked composed, as someone has stated above, no blood stains anywhere on the coat. A telephoto lens shot, of the the chap zoomed in, would have been able to deduce at least some staining on the jacket the man was wearing. I believe and I hope I am very wrong, that this man in the so called "Italian coat" is a red herring. However this is a line of enquiry that has to be followed, very much like the "Im Jack Tape" during the Yorkshire Ripper enquiry. Some of the keys to this case, are simple to follow and to keep a mind on, 1. Drugs (I mean illegal illicit drugs and not prescription drugs Lord Newbold): 2. Money and Possessions. (Jim took out £350 from a cash point some time before he was murdered): 3. Mental disability or complete psychotic breakdown. This is someone, or a team of killers, linked to a major breakdown in human personal psyche. The net is drawing closer now, mistakes are being made. *Leon*
  • Score: -3

9:34pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Weazelbum says...

The unusual statement jacket and 'thick mop' of hair almost seems like a disguise to me, not exactly the look adopted by someone trying to remain inconspicuous?! The attacks seem centred around the St Andrew's Ave/Cowdray Avenue areas, the suspect certainly seems to know his way around the backstreets and alleyways around those areas. I was alarmed the other morning walking the dog in an area just off Castle Park to see a young man walking backwards and forwards then sitting on the grass just watching me. I was going to walk another way home to avoid passing him but as other people approached him he wandered off into the Riverside housing estate. Could have been perfectly innocent, but in this current climate, I can't say I wasn't a bit worried......
The unusual statement jacket and 'thick mop' of hair almost seems like a disguise to me, not exactly the look adopted by someone trying to remain inconspicuous?! The attacks seem centred around the St Andrew's Ave/Cowdray Avenue areas, the suspect certainly seems to know his way around the backstreets and alleyways around those areas. I was alarmed the other morning walking the dog in an area just off Castle Park to see a young man walking backwards and forwards then sitting on the grass just watching me. I was going to walk another way home to avoid passing him but as other people approached him he wandered off into the Riverside housing estate. Could have been perfectly innocent, but in this current climate, I can't say I wasn't a bit worried...... Weazelbum
  • Score: 6

9:44am Wed 25 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

Someone with misguided loyalty has to be hiding this person or persons.
Someone with misguided loyalty has to be hiding this person or persons. stevedawson
  • Score: 1

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