Family's moving appeal to trace murderer ten years on
Updated on 10th October 2012
Exactly ten years after his death, the family of David Draycott have made a renewed appeal to trace those who killed him.
Mr Draycott was shot outside his home in Woodlands Way, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on the evening of 7 October 2002, and died in hospital four days later.
Although a number of arrests have been made during the decade, no one has been charged with his murder.
Regular appeals for information have been made and a £30,000 reward is still being offered to anyone who provides the detail which leads to the arrest and conviction of the murderer, or murderers.
His widow, Andrea, said: “It has been a very hard ten years for the whole family without David, not just for me and the children, but for his mother and brothers too. We have had to spend ten Christmases without him, a time of year that he loved and that we loved spending with him.
“He was an intelligent, caring and funny man, and we will probably never come to terms with losing him. A murder is not like any other death or loss. The pain never goes away, especially knowing that whoever committed this crime has not yet been brought to justice.
“Someone out there knows who killed David and I would urge them to search their conscience and come forward with that information. Whether they go to the police, directly to the family or call Crimestoppers, that doesn’t matter. I understand they might be scared, but ten years has passed and surely they must understand that we don’t deserve another ten years of not knowing who took his life.”
His daughter Rhianna, 18, said: “I was only eight when my dad died, but I still have my early memories of him and they still make me smile. But growing up without my dad around has got harder as I have got older and begun to understand all the things I have done that he has missed – leaving school and learning to drive, things like that. He won’t be there for my wedding or to hold my children when I have them.
“Whoever killed him was callous and cowardly. It is time that we knew the truth, so the pain can ease a little for us all.”
Detective Superintendent Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Whoever killed David Draycott should be under no illusions. The investigation is still very much active. We are determined to find his murderer and we are still pursuing a number of lines of enquiry. But we do need that piece of information that will put the whole jigsaw together.
“Whatever justification those who have that information may have for protecting the killer it is misguided and has only deepened the pain suffered by his family, who were devastated by his loss. His children have grown up from a very young age with no father.
“This week marks a very poignant anniversary for Andrea and their children. I would urge those who know what happened on that October day ten years ago to think about the impact their silence has had upon Mr Draycott’s family and to come forward to tell us who is responsible for his death.“
Anyone with information about the murder of David Draycott which has not already been given to the police should telephone Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or the anonymous reporting service provided by Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In an emergency dial 999