A SENIOR police officer says he is fighting for justice after a 22-year-old man was fatally injured in Colchester.

Rakar Rahimi, 22, of no fixed address, has been charged with her murder and is due in court on November 11 to give her plea.

Since the start of the investigation, officers from the Kent and Essex Major Crimes Branch have analyzed hours of CCTV footage and interviewed dozens of people and witnesses.

Evidence – forensic officers at Distillery Lane

A meeting was held this afternoon to thank residents who have supported the investigation so far, as well as to assess the impact of Bako’s death on the community.

Senior Investigation Officer Antony Alcock said: ‘It was all about personally thanking the Kurdish community, in Colchester and beyond.

“Their willingness to come forward and speak to us following the incident was absolutely essential to our investigation.”

Mr Alcock said he was aware the death had “shocked” the Kurdish community in Suffolk and Essex.

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“The news of Bako’s death spread so quickly within the Kurdish community, which then became an integral part of our investigation, helping us in multiple investigations,” he added.

“I want to thank those we have spoken to for their help so far.”

He continued: “Investigations do not just stop at the point of indictment and we continue to have a number of officers working on this case to ensure justice for Bako’s family.

“We continue to appeal to anyone wishing to speak to us to get in touch, no matter how small the information may seem.”

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The Police Force Major Incident Public Portal has since been set up in English and Kurdish to expand the opportunity for those who wish to provide information.

If you wish to help you should call the police on 101 and quote incident 82 of September 12.

If you wish to make an anonymous report, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The MIPP is accessible in English here and in Kurdish here.