Russia Ukraine War

Husband due in court charged in connection with Tina Satchwell’s murder

Richard Satchwell is due in court on Saturday morning, charged in connection with the murder of his wife Tina who disappeared almost seven years ago.

Mr Satchwell (57) was charged tonight at Cobh garda station and is due before a special sitting of Cashel district court at 10.30am.

Ms Satchwell, a Fermoy native, disappeared in March 2017 from their home in Grattan St in Youghal.

Tina’s older sister Teresa Dingivan earlier paid tribute to her in a poignant Facebook post.

She said: “Rip to my beautiful sister Tina u can rest now luv we found you I luv and miss you You are now with mum fly high my beautiful angel.” 

In another post, she added: “You will always be with me.” 

A vigil in memory of Tina will be held in a park where she regularly walked her dogs in her hometown of Fermoy at 6pm on Monday evening.

Ms Satchwell’s remains were found at the couple’s house on Wednesday night.

Detectives were able to identify her using her dental records after the remains were brought to Cork City Morgue on Thursday. 

Richard Satchwell has been in garda custody since Thursday when he was re-arrested.

 A hearse removes the remains found at the scene in Youghal, Co Cork. Picture: Larry Cummins
A hearse removes the remains found at the scene in Youghal, Co Cork. Picture: Larry Cummins

He had been questioned on Tuesday and throughout Wednesday, after being arrested on Tuesday evening when he returned home from work. He was released without charge on Wednesday evening.

However, he was rearrested at a bus stop across from the Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal on Friday as it emerged that gardaí had found skeletal remains at the house they have been searching since Tuesday at nearby Grattan St.

Gardaí also carried out a search of a site between Youghal and Killeagh, according to Superintendent Adrian Gamble, who is leading the investigation.

A preliminary post-mortem examination was conducted on the remains at the Youghal property on Friday before they were removed to Cork City Morgue for a full autopsy. Local priest Fr William Bermingham performed the last rites before the remains were removed by hearse to Cork City Morgue.

Dental records have now established that the remains are those of Ms Satchwell. Samples from the remains and from relatives of the missing woman were tested for a DNA match by Forensic Science Ireland.

Supt Adrian Gamble speaks to the media outside Midleton Garda Station. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Supt Adrian Gamble speaks to the media outside Midleton Garda Station. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

At a press conference at Midleton Garda Station on Friday, Supt Adrian Gamble confirmed that the remains were found at the property on Wednesday evening.

“The family of Tina Satchwell continues to be updated on the progress of this investigation by an appointed family liaison officer and my thoughts and the thoughts of the investigation team continue to be with them at this difficult time,” he said.

The assistant state pathologist, Dr Margot Bolster, attended the scene in Youghal on Friday, before the remains were removed for a full autopsy. A forensic anthropologist, Dr Laureen Murphy, also visited the property on Friday.

Gardaí remain at the scene in Youghal, continuing a painstaking search of the property.

Flowers left at the scene on Grattan St in Youghal, Co Cork, where skeletal remains were found. Picture: Larry Cummins
Flowers left at the scene on Grattan St in Youghal, Co Cork, where skeletal remains were found. Picture: Larry Cummins

The house remains cordoned off. In recent days, gardaí with chainsaws, jackhammers, shovels, pickaxes, and other digging tools entered the property to begin the search. Digging machinery was brought in.

The house had been searched previously, after Ms Satchwell disappeared, while sea searches off Youghal were also conducted in a bid to locate her in the early months after she went missing.

More than 400 lines of inquiry have been pursued by investigating gardaí over the last six and a half years, with more than 170 witness statements taken.


<

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button