Police say friends hold key to solving Maciej’s murder

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A POLISH man who was brutally murdered may have been killed by one of his friends, police believe.

Maciej Ciania, whose body was discovered by his flatmate in his Dickson Street flat exactly a week ago, is thought to have “known” his killer and could have been part of the same friendship group.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Flannigan said there had been a “really good” response from the Polish community, but he believes there are people, who may have known both Mr Ciania and his murderer, who have not yet come forward with vital information.

DCI Flannigan said: “It’s a week today and we are pretty confident the person or persons are known to Maciej. We’re fairly sure it is somebody who has been friends or known to him and his group of friends.

“We think Maciej was on his own that night and we think he has probably known his attacker, who has shown up when he [Maciej] has been by himself. We do not know if it was spontaneous.

“His [the killer’s] clothing would have been bloodstained. We think there are people who know what has happened and have not come forward. I would ask those people to think about his family. They could be hurting as well because they have lost a friend. This could have been an argument between a group of friends.”

DCI Flannigan said he believed that the murderer left Mr Ciania’s flat after 10.45pm last Friday night. He said: “If somebody Maciej knew has come back [to a property or place] at around that time of night, we are keen to hear about that.

“Polish communities tend to live in groups and they socialise with people in that community. We believe [the killer] was Eastern European, possibly Polish.”

“Maciej was a very popular guy and a lot of people must be very upset.

“Maciej’s mum is coming over to Edinburgh and she is understandably devastated.”

He added: “We have had a really, really good response from different areas of the Polish community. It has been difficult for some people to come forward, but the response has been very encouraging and is supporting the police investigation.”

Mr Ciania was found in his Leith flat at around 9am last Saturday. He is said to have suffered a violent and brutal death.

DCI Flannigan said: “The answer to finding Mr Ciania’s killer lies within the local community and I am making a direct appeal to anyone who has information or knows who is responsible to come forward immediately.

“I would like to reassure them that any information we receive will be treated in the strictest confidence.

“If members of the community would prefer to speak to a Polish-speaking officer or a translator these services are available.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0131-311 3131 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111.