Inquest on murdered Sunderland dad delayed while police hunt killer

David Wilson was found dead at his home in Southwick Road. His killers have still not been found.
David Wilson was found dead at his home in Southwick Road. His killers have still not been found.
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AN inquest into the death of a man at the centre of a murder investigation has been adjourned.

Grandad David John Christopher Wilson was found dead at his home in Southwick Road on December 14 last year.

PLEA FOR HELP: Tara Wilson, daughter of murder victim David Wilson, and David's brother, Ian.

PLEA FOR HELP: Tara Wilson, daughter of murder victim David Wilson, and David's brother, Ian.

In the days after his death, a murder investigation was launched by Northumbria Police to find those responsible.

One man, 34, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains on police bail.

Detectives are continuing to link the killing with an alleged cashpoint robbery, which took place at The Green in Southwick, just a minute’s walk from Mr Wilson’s home.

A month after his death, Mr Wilson’s devastated daughter Tara, and his brother Ian, spoke to the Echo in a bid to appeal for anyone with information relating to the inquiry to come forward.

Whoever has done this, and in such a vile way, they are not a human being.

Tara Wilson, daughter of murdered David Wilson

The 49-year-old, described as a “gentle giant”, had grown up in Hetton and held a number of jobs, including being a special constable in his home town, before moving to Sunderland city centre more than seven years ago, from his hometown of Hetton.

The keen cricketer had moved to Southwick Road in November, just weeks before his death.

An emotional Tara, herself the mum of two young children, added: “Whoever has done this, and in such a vile way, they are not a human being.

“Because no-one has been convicted we’ve got nobody to focus our anger on.

Ian said: “I can’t think of any reason why anyone would want to harm David.

“He had no enemies.”

Despite the family’s pleas, the situation regarding the investigation still remains the same.

Yesterday, at Sunderland Coroner’s Court, city coroner Derek Winter held a review into Mr Wilson’s death.

Mr Winter told the short hearing that a full inquest cannot yet be held with a police investigation still very much under way.

He added that he will re-open matters on Thursday, May 14, in the hope that progress has been made by then.