‘They are not human’ – daughter of Sunderland murder victim’s plea to find killer

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THE heartbroken daughter of murder victim David Wilson today pleaded for help to bring his killer to justice – one month after her dad’s death.

Mr Wilson’s body was found at his home in Southwick Road, in Southwick, a month ago today on the morning of December 14.

Tara Wilson, daughter of murder victim David Wilson, and David's brother Ian, speak at a press conference at Southwick Police Station

Tara Wilson, daughter of murder victim David Wilson, and David's brother Ian, speak at a press conference at Southwick Police Station

The 49-year-old granddad-of-two, 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 seven years ago.

He had moved to Southwick Road in November, just weeks before his death.

A murder investigation was launched a matter of days later and a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He is on police bail.

Murder victim David Wilson was volunteer policeman and keen cricketer

Detectives renew appeal over murder of David Wilson

At a press conference at Southwick police station, Mr Wilson’s daughter, Tara, 26, who appeared alongside her uncle and David’s brother, Ian, spoke of her devastation at losing her dad.

“He was loved by everyone,” said Tara.

“You couldn’t not love him.

“I can’t understand why someone would take him from us like they have done.

“It’s heartbreaking and I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach.”

An emotional Tara, 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, 47, said: “I can’t think of any reason why anyone would want to harm David.

“He had no enemies.

“We can’t understand as a family why this has happened.

“Until it happens to yourself you don’t realise just what it’s like.

“In later years Tara will have to tell David’s grandkids that he was murdered.

“What’s happened is going to have an effect on us for years to come.”

The family are now determined to see justice served with a conviction for whoever killed David.

“If there is anybody who has any information, it doesn’t matter how small, please come forward,” added Ian.

“There must have been someone in the Southwick area on that morning who saw what went on.

“Think, if it was your dad, brother or son and how you would feel? Help us so that we can get someone convicted for this horrendous thing that has happened to our family.

“At the minute we are just in limbo.

“It’s been a month now and all the tests have been done on David, which means we can finally lay him to rest.

“The police have been very transparent with us and kept us up to date with everything.

“We are confident that with the lines of inquiry they have, will find out who killed him.

“We really need to find out what happened on the 14th of December.”

Tara added: “The whole thing has had everybody down.

“We didn’t have a Christmas.

“Everytime the phone rings we want it to be the police with some news.

“We need people to come forward with information, and any little thing will help.”

Murder victim David Wilson was volunteer policeman and keen cricketer

Detectives renew appeal over murder of David Wilson