Plymouth murder investigation continues as police release picture of victim
DETECTIVES have released a photo of the pensioner at the centre of a murder probe in the hope of tracing his killer.
Michael Brincat, 76, known locally as ‘Maltese Mike’, was found dead at his Devonport flat last Wednesday at just after midday.
Police said he had last been seen alive at his home, on the second floor of Marlborough House on Granby Way, at around 10.15am on Tuesday.
Concerns over his whereabouts had led police to force their way into the property where his body was discovered.
A post mortem carried out on Monday raised the possibility of foul play and police first announced his death was “suspicious” a short while later.
A further forensic post mortem revealed that Mr Brincat was asphyxiated and a murder inquiry was launched.
Lead investigator Det Supt Paul Burgan, head of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said police did not have “a definite motive” but stressed that the murderer “probably knew the victim”.
Neighbourhood officers and local investigation team detectives have worked alongside their colleagues from MCIT in an attempt to glean every bit of information from residents in the area.
CCTV footage which covers parts of the tower block and surrounding area has been seized and is being examined while house to house inquiries have been carried out.
Investigators are trying to determine what Mr Brincat did in the days leading up to his death and it is understood they will be speaking with his friends and neighbours to draw together his last movements and visitors.
At a press conference earlier this week police revealed that Mr Brincat had lived in the Devonport area for some time having moved to Marlborough house from a flat near Granby Green just eight months previously. He had moved from Malta to the UK as a young child.
He was said by residents to be partially sighted and a frequent visitor to the bookmakers on the corner of Marlborough Street.
He was described by police as a “well-known character” who was often seen going around the town’s streets on his mobility scooter.
It is understood he had a habit of leaving his front door in an insecure state and he had been reminded by neighbourhood officers to make his property more secure.
Police have now released a photo supplied by members of Mr Brincat’s family in Malta. Although it is around six years old, it was taken during his last visit to the island and it is understood to have remained a good likeness of him.
If you can assist police contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number ED/13/718.