The sister of Rhyl murder victim Liam Hill has spoken of his family’s heartbreak and anger.
Colette Sudlow paid tribute of her brother, nearly a month since the 44 year-old man was found dead at his flat on West Parade.
Detectives are still appealing for witnesses to help establish Mr Hill’s last known movements, but admit they have been disappointed by the response from the local community.
Speaking to reporters in Colwyn Bay on Friday, Mrs Sudlow said his brother’s death was ”a nightmare we can’t wake up from…we are angry that someone’s actions have taken Liam’s life and destroyed ours”.
LISTEN: Colette Sudlow’s tribute to Liam Hill and her appeal for information
Paying tribute, she said that Liam ”loved nothing more than spending time and having fun with us…he was one in a million”. In her appeal for information, she added the family needed ”to be able to lay him to rest” and start rebuilding their lives.
Mr Hill was last seen in Rhyl on Wednesday 6th January, after being dropped off by his mother. He visited a betting shop and Bar Bow on Water Street on the night of the Capital One Cup semi final first leg between Everton and Manchester City.
He was also caught on CCTV the same day, walking along Bodfor Street between 3.15pm and 3.30pm, wearing a dark blue ‘Columbia’ embossed jacket and black denim jeans.
He was reportedly last seen picking up a takeaway from Asha’s Indian restaurant on Wellington Road on the evening of Thursday 7th January. The next day, his mother found his dead body at his flat.
Detective Superintendent Mark Chesters, the lead officer on ‘Operation Panatella’, said: although some eyewitnesses had come forward, ”we are a little disappointed about the lack of information from the local community…I am certain the key to this investigation lies within the local community”.
A post mortem examination ruled that Mr Hill had died from severe head, lower and upper body injuries. Officers believe there is no doubt that he was the victim of a ”deliberate and sustained attack” by one or more people.
Det Supt Chesters added: ”Liam was a well-known person locally whose habits didn’t take him much out of the West Parade and surrounding area of west Rhyl. We are certain that someone within this area will have seen something or have some snippet of information that can help identify who was involved and allow us to bring some degree of justice to his distraught family.”
LISTEN: Det Supt. Mark Chesters of North Wales Police talks to Point FM’s Gareth Joy.
Anyone with information should contact the St Asaph incident room on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote Operation Panatella. Alternatively, contact the police control room via the live web chat.