A further arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Matthew Schofield – a father-of one- who was found dead in Belgrave Circle.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday 27 December on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Matthew died after being assaulted shortly before 3am on Sunday 11 June in Belgrave Road, close to the junction with Belgrave Circle, Leicester.
The 34-year-old was found by police at around 4.20am and was declared dead at the scene.
Detectives continue to investigate the circumstance surrounding his death and last month, on the day that marked six months since the attack, police and Matthew’s mother Emma Daniels, issued a public appeal to help bring the offenders to justice.
His mother, Emma Daniels, is still struggling to come to terms with knowing she will never see her son again and the circumstances surrounding his death has left her feeling devastated and in a constant state of panic.
Alongside police, the 53-year-old nurse is urging anyone who may have been in the area to think back and “do the right thing” if they have any information which could help.
“It’s been six months since Matt died and although I am going to work and trying to do normal things, I can’t stop the feeling of panic I get every time it hits me that I will never get to see him again,” she said.
“The gravity of his death and the circumstances of how he died bring so many emotions – anger, devastation, panic and fear but the worst is a constant feeling of numbness that I just can’t shake.
“It’s bad enough losing a son but it is even worse to lose one in this way. The thought of him lying on his own frightened or in pain is something I can’t get over. As a nurse I know how important it is to have a loved one there in the final minutes – to hold their hand and reassure them. Matt didn’t even have that.
“It is not just me who is suffering – I have lost a son but there is also a six-year-old boy who has lost his daddy.”
The latest arrest in the investigation brings the total number of people arrested to 16 with 12 people currently on police bail.
Police continue to urge anyone with information to report via Public Portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/33EM23I27-PO1
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111