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12 March 2012, 06:00
The son of a murdered Aylesbury man says he's not satisfied with the speed of the investigation into who is responsible for his father's death.
Tarik Charkaui says he's not heard from detectives for a year-and-a-half to let him know how the investigation is going into who killed Mustapha Charkhai, 5 years ago.
The 57-year-old, also known as Chris, was at home in Dunsham Lane with his wife Krystina, when two masked men forced their way in and attacked the couple with a spade.
It left Krystina with deep cuts to her eye and face but Chris suffered a blow to the back of the head and died in hospital from his injuries a few days later.
At the time Tarik said his family, friends and colleagues were devastated by the tragedy and described his father as a "hard-working dedicated family man who loved his grandchildren very much. He was a perfectionist and was loved by so many people for his lovely helpful manner."
Less than a month after the attack in 2007, a Crimewatch programme appealed for information. A year later a Crimestoppers appeal offered £50,000 to anyone who could provide information which would lead to a conviction.
Public appeals took place a year later, but since then son Tarik says he's had to enlist the help of local MP David Lidington to get answers from the police - and even then, he's not heard anything from them for a year-and-a-half.
Speaking to Heart on the 5th anniversary of the attack today, Tarik says: "They (detectives) need to go back to the start and look again for any information which could lead to the capture of the killers of my Dad. The doors seem closed to me - what they need to do is help me resolve this crime and help make Aylesbury a safer community once again."
Det Supt Karen Trego, the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said: “It has been five years since the horrific attack on Mustapha Charkaui and his wife at their home in Aylesbury.
“While it is not possible to maintain high level resources we initially allocated to the investigation the case remains open.
“We believe that local people in Aylesbury know who carried out this murder and that they may not have come forward for fear of retribution or misplaced loyalty. I appeal to these people to break their silence, come forward and help with the last few pieces of the jigsaw that will provide justice for the Charkaui family.
“Thames Valley Police remains completely committed to catching those responsible for his murder and is still offering a substantial reward for information that leads to the arrests and conviction of the killer. Any new lines of enquiry will be rigorously pursued.”