Issued on 8/8/18 at 4:15 p.m.
The community of Leicester’s Belgrave Road has been praised by Leicestershire Police for their help and co-operation during the investigation into the kidnap and death of a city jeweller.
Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon praised residents and business owners in the area for the way they worked with officers during the six month investigation and for their “caring and dignified response” in the days after 74-year-old Ramniklal Jogiya died.
DCC Nixon also thanked partner agencies and the wider public who provided vital information during the case.
He said: “This was a horrific and brutal crime which understandably caused much concern to residents and to business owners in the Belgrave Road area.
“The co-operation with officers which was shown during the investigation, which included attending a public meeting, sharing our appeals for information and providing vital evidence, helped us massively in ensuring the people responsible for this horrendous attack were brought to justice.
“In the hours following the kidnap, there were many officers in the area carrying out enquires, searching for evidence and performing patrol duties. Whilst on one level this was intended to be reassuring, I can appreciate that was also upsetting and disruptive.
“It did not go unnoticed how caring, helpful and dignified the community was during this time, and on behalf of the force I sincerely thank you for that.
“We also want to thank our partner agencies, and the wider public, who worked with us, providing support and vital information and assisting the investigation where they could. What happened to Mr Jogiya caused shock and anguish, and I’m grateful for your work with us and your efforts to share appeals and provide information.
“We know providing evidence in this way could not have been easy for some, but please know how much it helped us in bringing this case to court.
“Today’s verdicts are the results of an extremely intensive investigation and although they do not bring Mr Jogiya back or make this terrible nightmare disappear, we do hope they bring some kind of solace and comfort to you in seeing that justice has been done.”