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  • 2 April 2014, 21:21

Arrest After Man Stabbed 102 Times In Essex

Police investigating the murder of a "very vulnerable" man who was stabbed 102 times have made an arrest.

James Attfield, 33, died in a park in Colchester, Essex, in what has been described as a "senseless and frenzied" attack.

The victim, known as Jim to his family, had 102 separate wounds on his arms, hands, back, neck and head, police revealed.

Mr Attfield, from East Bay, Colchester, was treated at the scene by paramedics in Castle Park on Saturday morning but died from his injuries.

He was a father-of-five, who had not been in contact with his children since he was severely hurt when he was struck by a car four years ago.

His mother, Julie Finch, described her son as a "bit of a loner" who was "in the process of rebuilding his life" when he died.

At a news conference, she said he suffered a severe brain injury in the road traffic accident.

"The effects of which left him with a weakness to the left side of his body which in turn affected his balance.

"His speech was also slightly affected and he suffered short-term memory loss and these things obviously made him very vulnerable.

"Jim was very aware of his disabilities and avoided crowded places and situations where he could get injured again."

She added: "Jim was well liked and polite - everyone always had a good word to say about him.

"This, to me, seems a senseless and frenzied attack on a gentle, vulnerable young man."

Officers say a 38-year-old man from Colchester is being held in connection with the death.

CCTV capturing Mr Attfield's last known movements was released by detectives on Monday appealing to the public for help in finding out who attacked him and why.

It shows Mr Attfield at the River Lodge pub in Middleborough, Colchester. He left the pub at 10.09pm, leaving behind most of his drink, which his family says was unusual for him.

Police said they do not know where he went between leaving the pub and being found injured in Castle Park at 5.45am on Saturday.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett urged members of the public to contact police if they have any information about Mr Attfield's wherabouts or "anything they may have seen or heard in the Castle Park area" early on Saturday morning.

"This is very much a fast moving and on-going investigation which really needs information from the public."

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