Police pledge to continue hunt for pensioner's killer in blunder case
Police have said they will not give up their hunt for the
killer of pensioner Antoine Denis - despite no arrests in the
last nine months.
We exclusively revealed on Monday how officers failed to spot
that the 66-year-old had been murdered until undertakers found
a knife in his back.
An inquest heard the crime scene at Mr Denis' flat in
Copperfield House, New Road, Chatham had been contaminated by
The retired painter and decorator was pronounced dead when he
was found slumped on his bedroom floor.
But undertakers only found the blade in his back as they
prepared to move his body on January 9.
But, although one woman was arrested
in January and later released, no-one has since been charged over
However, a police spokesman said: "The
current state of the investigation is that it remains open, but is
dependant on further information coming to light as to how far it
is likely to progress."
Kim Albone, of Luton Road, Chatham,
was charged with murder on January 21, but was later released after
a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service for reasons that remain
A police officer received a verbal warning following an internal
investigation into the initial handling of the scene.
Recording a verdict of unlawful killing, coroner
Roger Sykes said Mr Denis had died from a single stab wound,
which penetrated his lung due to "the unlawful act of a person
whose identity has not yet been established".
Police are still appealing for information regarding Mr Denis'
Anyone with information is asked to phone Kent Police on 01634
884011 or call Kent CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555
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