Renewed plea for help over Bank Holiday murders

THE grieving relatives of two unsolved murder victims spoke about their anguish at the weekend as they faced another painful anniversary.

Six years ago, 64-year-old former miner Don Herbert, from Sharlston Common, near Wakefield, was battered to death with an oxygen cylinder that was used to alleviate his chronic lung disease.

In August the following year, Paul Hemingway, 49, was discovered stabbed to death in his flat in nearby Normanton, starting a police manhunt for a possible double killer.

Despite an extensive police investigation and the arrest of several suspects, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to bring the case to trial and the Bank Holiday murders remain unsolved.

Mr Herbert’s son, Don junior, 45, from Sharlston, said his whole family had been devastated by the murder.

“It’s the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night,” he said.

“We just want to put my dad to rest, because it’s just ruined my family. My son is still having counselling because it’s really, really affected him hard.

“I haven’t been the same person since either, I’m like a recluse.”

Mr Herbert, a father-of-two, made another desperate appeal for more information to help bring his father’s killer to justice.

“There must be somebody who knows the murderer, surely they can’t let him get away with it.”

Mr Hemingway’s sister, Lola Wilkinson, 61, who found the body at his home five years ago, said she was still haunted by her brother’s brutal death.

Her brother was a recluse who suffered from depression but Mrs Wilkinson said that he seemed quite happy in the months leading up to his murder.

“I try not to think about it but it’s difficult at times like this. You do move on but I just wish they could catch the killer.

“I think if they did it would put an end to it.

“It just doesn’t seem fair that someone can do something like that and still be out there,” she said.

“Five years on you do start to feel a little bit despondent that it’s not going to be solved, but I still hope that something will turn up.”

Both men lived alone in flats and police believed they probably knew their killer and in both cases money was stolen.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Cases like these are never closed, extensive inquiries were conducted at the time and we would always investigate thoroughly any new information that came to light.”

chris.bond@ypn.co.uk