DETECTIVES believe part of a weapon could help pinpoint a killer who gunned a man down a year ago today.
Officers have released a new image of part of the shotgun used to murder Jasem Asakerh on Brook Street in Thornton Lodge on April 3 last year.
The 28-year-old was shot dead as he sat in the back of a car in the early hours.
His death remains the only West Yorkshire murder from 2009 for which no-one has been charged.
Senior investigating officer, Det Supt Steve Payne (inset) hoped the picture would prompt fresh leads.
He said: “It is my belief that somebody knows about this weapon, its marking and the location of its other components.
“This was clearly an extremely serious incident and there may be a fear about coming forward.
“I can assure you that any information received is treated in the strictest confidence.
“I would therefore appeal to anyone who knows about this incident to contact us immediately.
“As I have said before, this was not a random attack and someone must know more about this incident and the weapon used.”
Iranian Mr Asakerh, who was born Mohammad Kalban and was better known as ‘Mo’, had been living in Birkby.
He was in an Audi Q7 car with four other men at about 3.45am when a lone gunman, wearing a bandana over his face, approached the car and fired at least two shots through the window before running off towards Moorbottom Road.
Mr Asakerh suffered a fatal wound to his chest.
The Examiner later revealed the victim was facing charges of attempted kidnap and grievous bodily harm before he was gunned down, although those alleged offences were not thought to be connected to his death.
However, police were looking into his own criminal background for potential clues to the identity of his killer.
They released CCTV footage of the Audi Q7 and its movements around Huddersfield town centre and two Huddersfield men, who were 32 and 21, were arrested. They are still on bail.
But Det Supt Payne said: “We do, however, still need further information which will provide the key to identifying those responsible.”
The gun part was found at the scene of the killing.
It is known as the fore end and would normally clip under the rear part of the gun’s barrels.
“We believe that this detached from the weapon during the firing process,” Det Supt Payne said.
“Ballistic inquiries have ascertained that the weapon is most likely from a Spanish manufacturer.”
The digits ‘584’ on the part should relate to any other part of the gun.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0845 6060606, by text on 07786 200 805 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.