A MURDER victim who died in a ‘brutal and violent’ attack has been named as Maciej Ciania, 34, from Poland.
Mr Ciania was said to have ‘suffered significantly’ at the hands of his attacker.
A team of 40 officers are now hunting the killer, and extra police have been put on the streets to reassure residents near Dickson Street, in Leith, Edinburgh, where the body was found.
Detectives are keen to speak to friends or associates of Mr Ciania, who moved to Scotland a number of years ago.
Mr Ciania’s body was found in his flat on Saturday morning, but may have lain undiscovered since the Thursday before.
Police have not released details of the nature of his injuries.
Detective Superintendent Allan Jones, who is leading the investigation, said: “Maciej Ciania suffered significantly at the hands of his attacker, and we are keen to trace friends and acquaintances as a matter of urgency.
“It is vital that we build a picture of Mr Ciania’s lifestyle and his movements over the past week, and I would appeal to members of the local community to get in touch with us immediately since they may well hold the key to us finding Mr Ciania’s killer.
“In the meantime, local officers are continuing to provide a highly visible presence and are conducting door-to-door enquiries around the area to gather information from local residents.
“Extra patrols have also been put in place to reassure members of the local community who may be concerned.”
Officers from Lothian and Borders Police’s Major Investigation Team are now looking into the case.
A police statement said he suffered a ‘brutal and violent’ death.
Earlier, Detective Jones described how the body was found.
He said: “The area is a fairly busy residential area. The actual flat is a main door flat.
“It is rented accommodation with multiple occupancy.
“It was discovered by some of the occupants returning after having been absent and they discovered the body within and immediately called police.”
Asked if the public should be concerned for their safety, he added: “It’s clearly a violent attack within a private dwelling. We can’t remove the potential there is a risk.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.