MURDER victim Joe McCafferty died in the arms of a policeman while being rushed to hospital 11 years ago today.
Firefighters had carried him out of a burning house in Marsh after a severe blaze swept through it in the early hours. But he never made it to nearby Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
A murder investigation was launched. That file has never closed.
Joe’s family have continually pushed for justice and now believe they know the killer’s name.
Joe’s cousin, 23-year-old Chantelle Cunningham, who survived the arson attack, demanded action.
“We feel really fed up,’’ she said. “It’s as though no-one cares and we feel the investigation is going nowhere.
“We feel we know who is responsible and have passed this information to the police, but the man has never been arrested or questioned. We believe this should now happen.’’
It is understood the case has been reviewed by West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
Experienced detectives from the team also look at so-called cold cases to see if advances in DNA technology reveal any more evidence.
They have had a number of successes in old rape cases. Only on Tuesday Thomas Madigan, 48, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, was jailed for raping a woman in Bradley Mills in 1987.
On the fateful night Joe lost his life he and his brother, Nicky, now 19, were staying with their aunt, Debra Pierre.
Their mum, Tracey, was away visiting her mother in Norfolk and was due back later that day. Also in the house were Debra’s daughter, Chantelle – who was 12 – and Chantelle’s step-sister, Shereen.
Chantelle was the first to be woken by the sound of the blaze, at about 5am.
She roused Debra and Shereen and all three escaped from an upstairs window as flames roared through the house.
Nicky suffered serious burns to his body and arms, but Joe had died from his injuries by the time he arrived at HRI in a police car.
Debra suffered cuts to her wrist when she smashed a window to get the children out. She was also burned on her back.
Chantelle suffered burns to her back and foot along with cuts while Shereen, now 22, was cut as she escaped through the smashed window.
The family could not face returning to live at the house and moved elsewhere.
Chantelle said: “I’d put Joe to bed that night and was the last to speak to him. I’d spent so much time with him during the two weeks before he died.
“We had a glass door at the front and I heard it explode. That’s what woke me up. I thought we were being burgled, but I could smell smoke and hardly see anything. I was screaming the house was on fire, but my mum saved us. She smashed the window with her arms and dropped us out of it to safety.’’
The flames and smoke were so intense it was impossible to reach Joe or Nicky. They were brought out by firefighters.
The murderer had poured fuel through the letterbox and set it alight. A petrol container was found at the scene.
The main clue to the killer was the burned remains of the green plastic Unipart container used for motor oil.
It was dark green, used for 20/50 motor oil and was last made in 1994. Most were sold at Esso filling stations.
A police spokesman said yesterday: “A full forensic review has been carried out and our investigation is active and ongoing.’’