THE family of a Polish man who was “brutally and violently” murdered have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Thirty-four year old Maciej Ciania was discovered in his flat in Dickson Street, in the Leith area of Edinburgh, by his flatmate at around 9am on Saturday.
His sister, Aleksandra, paid tribute to her brother and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
She 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 inEdinburghand 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.”
More than 40 officers from Lothian and Borders Police are working on the murder inquiry.
Detectives are appealing to the local community to come forward if they recognise a description of a man they are looking to trace.
He is described as being in his 20s, wearing a dark jacket and grey trousers and may have spoken with an Eastern European accent. Police believe he may have taken a taxi on Easter Road, Leith Walk, or any of the surrounding streets.
Specially trained officers have been linking in closely with Mr Ciania’s family in Poland and keeping them updated as the case develops.
Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police immediately on 0131 311 3131 or the charity Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.