Plymouth man found asphyxiated was 'too kind to have enemies' - family
A PENSIONER found dead on the floor of his Devonport flat was too kind to have enemies, says his sister.
Michael Brincat, 76 – known locally as "Maltese Mike" – was discovered on the floor of his flat last Wednesday.
A murder inquiry was launched after a post mortem examination found that he had been asphyxiated.
Mr Brincat's stepsister Evelyn Attard, 86, told The Herald: "He was a kind person. He helped everybody that he could. I can't see how he had any enemies.
"It was a terrible shock. I can't see how anybody would have done that to him because he helped everybody.
"If he saw a man in the street he would buy him coffee."
She said that she had not seen much of Mr Brincat since an accident last year left him unable to walk.
Mr Brincat, who was from Malta, had two brothers and two sisters, plus his stepsister Mrs Attard, from his mother's first marriage.
Mr Brincat's brother Joseph, speaking from Malta, where most of the family still live, paid tribute to "a generous man".
"We were shocked because nobody wants to die like that.
"I hope he rests in peace and that justice will rise up," Joseph Brincat, 64, said.
"He was a generous man. He always had money in his pocket – and always gave it away."
Joseph said that when he was about 12 his older brother Michael went to sea in the Merchant Navy.
"I did not see him again until I was married and had two children. After that he used to come to Malta about every five years for a holiday, and of course he used to write.
"He was never married, so far as I know."
"We were always happy to see him. He would come as a surprise without telling anyone."
He said he understood that his brother had been awarded a medal for service during the Suez crisis in the 1950s.
Meanwhile, police arrested a 52-year-old man from the Devonport area on suspicion of murder early yesterday.
He was in police custody in Launceston, where he was being interviewed by detectives.
Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan, who is leading the investigation, said the arrest was a significant development in the investigation.
But he added: "There are still a number of lines of enquiry to be completed and this investigation is very much ongoing.
"I would still like to appeal to local people to come forward if they have any information, no matter how insignificant they think it might be."
Mr Brincat was last seen alive at his home in Marlborough House on Granby Way at around 10.15am last Tuesday.
He was said by residents to be partially sighted and a frequent visitor to the bookmakers on the corner of Marlborough Street.
Police described Mr Brincat as a well-known character who could often be seen going around the area in his mobility scooter due to the fact that he had difficulty getting around.
Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference ED/13/718, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.