Reward Over Polish Murder

30 April 2010, 07:00 | Updated: 30 April 2010, 07:28

Nine months after the murder of a Polish man in Southampton, a £10,000 reward is being offered which police hope will assist them in receiving information to catch the killer.

On Saturday, July 18, 2009, Wieslaw Filus, aged 45, of Denzil Avenue, was found dead in his bedsit.

Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team believe Mr Filus was assaulted sometime the previous day, Friday, July 17, 2009. A post mortem examination revealed he had been assaulted and died from a brain haemorrhage.

Detective Inspector, Dave Smith of the Major Crime Department said: “We’ve followed several leads in this case but we would like to hear from anyone who has information that would bring Mr Filus’s killer to justice and give his family some answers. We believe the Polish community may hold the key to helping us solve this murder and I’m appealing directly to anyone who knew what happened to him that night to come forward and speak to us. If you have information, even if you have contacted the police before, please get in contact. There is a £10,000 reward being offered for information which leads to a successful prosecution and I’m hopeful that this reward will motivate someone to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 0845 045 45 45 or if they are Polish speakers they can call 02380 599969. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers the charity, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 however to successfully claim the reward police will need the person’s contact details.