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11 October 2011, 16:00
PREVIOUSLY unseen footage taken in the hours leading up to the murder of Karoly Varga, 76, has now been released by officers in an attempt to catch the murderer.
The CCTV captures a male visitor to the front door of Karoly Varga, known locally as Charlie, on Wednesday 27 July.
The footage shows the man knocking on Mr Varga’s door, a short while later the door opens and he enters the house. After a few moments it can be seen that the curtains are drawn, concealing the window.
This man does not leave the property through the front door.
Mr Varga was later discovered dead at his home in Cannon Street on Saturday 30 July, by officers shortly after midday following a call by a concerned relative because she was unable to make contact with him.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, leading the investigation, said: “We believe Charlie (Karoly) Varga was murdered by a person who entered his house in Cannon Street, Wellingborough as a visitor at midday on Wednesday 27 July.
"Today we are releasing previously unseen footage of the moment a person entered Charlie’s home. This person can be seen walking up to the door on the top right hand corner of the footage. We have been working with this footage, seeking to identify the many visitors to the address, but this person has not currently come forward. The footage shows a person entering the house at 12.04pm on Wednesday and within two minutes the front door curtain is drawn across. The person does not leave via the front door and the curtain does not move again until the finding of Charlie’s body on Saturday 30 July.
"We can also reveal that when Charlie’s body was found the front door was locked with the keys on the inside, therefore I am confident the offender left from the rear of the property taking with them a hatchet like weapon. After the attack the offender was probably blood stained to some degree and would have needed to dispose of or wash both their clothing and the weapon.
"It seems that Charlie freely let his attacker into his home, so I believe he knew that person or at least knew of that person.
“Did you see a person at the door of 37, Cannon Street at noon on Wednesday 27 July? Were you passing at this time? Did you see anybody loitering at this time or hear any commotion within the house? Did you see anybody leaving the rear of the property or in unusual circumstances in the Cannon Street/Bell Street area of Wellingborough on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 July? Have you found any discarded blood stained clothing or weapons?
“We strongly need to identify this person and anyone who has information, no matter how vital you may think it is.”
A 47-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder on Thursday 6 October at an address in Stanley Road, Wellingborough has been released without charge.
Two men, aged 30 and 31 and two women aged 26 and 31, who were arrested on Thursday 4 August on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, remain on police bail.
Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police
on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Note - The image is small and can be viewed in the top right hand side of the clip below: