New appeal in Bradford murder case

Clement Desmier.  Photo credit West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire
Clement Desmier. Photo credit West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

The family of murdered Bradford man, Clement Desmier, has made a fresh plea for information to find his killers on the second anniversary of his death.

The body of Clement ‘Butch’ Desmier, who was 68 when he died, was discovered in his home on Rowlestone Rise in Bradford, on Thursday, August 23 2012.

A post mortem revealed that he died from multiple injuries.

Mr Desmier’s family was left stunned and devastated by his murder and are still coming to terms with it two years on.

In a statement issued they said: “It has been two years since our father was murdered and we are all still struggling with the fact that no one has been brought to justice.

“This year we should have been celebrating dad’s 70th birthday and it’s another reminder that dad’s killers are out there, carrying on with their normal lives whilst our lives have been shattered.

“We feel that we need closure and we appeal to anyone with any information to contact West Yorkshire Police.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley who is leading the investigation, said: “It is now two years since the murder of Clement Desmier but this is still an ongoing investigation. We want to identify and bring to justice those responsible for his brutal murder.

“We have been working closely with the National Crime Agency and have recently conducted an independent review of the forensic work carried out during the investigation. This review has highlighted a number of forensic leads and further opportunities to identify who is responsible for the murder and this will be the focus of the investigation as it continues.

“We still want to identify the man seen with Butch entering his house on the afternoon of Wednesday August 22 2012 and the people seen in his garden, stood by his front door and entering his house in the early hours of Thursday August 23 2012.

“I believe that those responsible will have confided in others at some time and, because of the location of the offence, that those responsible have links to the local community. I would appeal to anybody who has information about the people who are responsible for the murder of Butch Desmier, or why he was killed, to contact West Yorkshire Police.”

Anyone with information can contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111