Essex

James Attfield: Funeral of Colchester 'frenzied' knife attack victim

Pallbearers at James Attfield's funeral
Image caption The funeral took place at St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall, Essex

A funeral has been held for a man who died after being stabbed 102 times in a "frenzied" knife attack.

James Attfield, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was found dead near Lower Castle Park in the town on 29 March.

The "vulnerable" father-of-five was buried at St Peter ad Vincula in Coggeshall.

Two of Mr Attfield's sisters paid tribute to him during the ceremony, which included some of his favourite music.

Image caption About 70 people attended the service

Snow Patrol's "Run" and The Script's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" were two of the songs played during the service.

Speaking afterwards, his mother Julie Finch said: "Jim had an infectious laugh and wicked sense of humour and will be sorely missed by all who knew him, especially his family.

"His life ended in a way nobody's should and today as a family we want to give him the send off he deserves."

A Crimestoppers reward for information about Mr Attfield's death has recently been doubled to £10,000.

Police have said they could not rule out a possible link between the murder of Mr Attfield and that of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea, who was found with 16 stab wounds on a Colchester path on 17 June.

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