Jewellery lead in George Devonish murder case

MURDERERS who killed a Coventry father may have stolen jewellery before fleeing, police revealed today.

Detectives have released pictures of the stolen items as the eight-year-old son of murdered George Devonish made a heartfelt plea to catch the killers.

Mr Devonish, 30, was killed in his flat in Violet Close, Wood End, earlier this month.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Bimson claims anyone who has seen or bought this jewellery could hold the key to the investigation.

He said: “Friends of George had contact with him up until lunchtime of Wednesday 3 December.

“They had no contact with him during the rest of Wednesday and by Thursday morning some of his friends had become sufficiently concerned that they went to his flat and decided to force open the front door.

“Inside they found George.

“Emergency services were immediately called. Paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.”

DCI Bimson said Mr Devonish died as a result of the horrific attack and believes his killers stole his trademark gold jewellery.

George Devonish's distinctive bracelet (above) and necklace (below)

He said: “George’s normal habit was to wear a very heavy gold necklace and bracelet.

“He was well known in the local area for wearing these items whenever he was out and about.

“These items appear to have been taken from George when he was attacked.

“We are in the process of visiting places where items such as these can be disposed of.

“However I would appeal for anyone who may have seen jewellery of this type being offered for sale since Thursday 4 December to contact us.

“It could have been disposed of locally or taken to Birmingham where attempts could have been made to dispose of it in the Jewellery Quarter.”

If you think you might have seen the jewellery contact CID at Stoney Stanton Road police station on 0845 113 5000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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