"man who has done nothing at all to elicit this sort of horrific death."
Three people have been arrested in relation to the murder of Saleem Butt who was tied up and killed in his own home.
Mr Butt, aged 61, of Batley, was found dead at his home in Hyrstlands Road on April 23, 2020, at 9 pm and West Yorkshire Police say he was killed during a “horrific sustained attack”.
He had been tied up. A post-mortem examination gave his cause of death as severe head and neck injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Tony Nicholson of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who is leading the investigation said:
“I’m determined to find the people responsible for this horrific attack on Saleem.
“Saleem is a man who lived on his own – a quiet, honest, trustworthy man.
“A man who has done nothing at all to elicit this sort of horrific death.”
Mr Butt was well known in the area and always keen to help neighbours.
DCI Nicholson added: “We are continuing a number of enquiries as we work to hunt down those responsible for this horrific sustained attack on a kind-hearted, well-liked and very well-known man.
“Following a post mortem examination we now believe Mr Butt was probably attacked between Wednesday evening and Thursday and I continue to want to speak to anyone who can help us pinpoint his movements on Wednesday in particular.
“It is very hard to comprehend why someone would attack Mr Butt, let alone inflict the level of violence he suffered.
“I cannot stress how important it is we find those responsible for what was an awful offence committed against a man described as lovely and very gentle by those that knew him.
“Persons prepared to commit these acts must be taken off our streets and I urge anyone who has information to come forward.”
On May 1, 2020, a 42-year-old man from Birstall was arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody for questioning.
A 59-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The male was released on bail while the woman remains in custody.
The investigation remains ongoing by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who continue to appeal for witnesses and information regarding the crime.
Anyone with information which may assist can contact police on 101 or use the contact options on the West Yorkshire Police website, quoting log 2208 of 23 April.
Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.