THE sister of a Polish man found brutally murdered in his Leith home has spoken of her family’s loss and pleaded for help in catching his killer.
Maciej Ciania’s sister, Aleksandra, 42, said her brother was “much-loved”, as police released a photo of the 34-year-old victim.
Mr Ciania was found dead in his rented flat in Dickson Street on Saturday morning. Police said he had suffered a “violent and brutal” attack.
In a statement, his sister said: “Our whole family is devastated by Maciej’s death, and we cannot imagine our life without him. My parents have lost a much-loved son, and I have lost not only a sibling but a friend.
“Maciej loved living in Edinburgh and was a popular person with many friends. He will be sorely missed.
I am appealing to anyone who can help the police find his killer to come forward immediately, and allow my family to find some peace in the knowledge that the person who murdered him has been found, so that no other family will suffer like we are.”
Detectives are trying to trace a man described as being in his 20s, wearing a dark jacket and grey trousers, and possibly speaking with an Eastern European accent.
Police believe he may have taken a taxi on Easter Road, Leith Walk, or any of the surrounding streets between 10.45pm and 11.30pm last Friday.