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Saturday 15 December 2018

Husband 'sick' at gardaí's sign about missing wife at darts match

The sign two gardaí were alleged to have held at a darts match
The sign two gardaí were alleged to have held at a darts match

Ralph Riegel

The husband of a woman missing for 10 months has expressed outrage at reports two off-duty gardaí held up a hand-written sign at a darts match appealing for her to return home.

Garda authorities are now investigating the incident which involved two male officers and came to light via social media last weekend.

Tina Satchwell (45) vanished from her home in Youghal, Co Cork, on March 20 last.

Her husband Richard is adamant that she left home to deal with personal issues - and that she must have had help with her disappearance.

Mr Satchwell said he "felt sick" when he learned about the social media posting.

"Late on Saturday evening, I got a phone call from An Garda Síochána advising me that there was a photo of some kind gone viral on social media involving two gardaí and a sign saying 'Tina Come Home'.

"They have apologised for it and advised me that the two people involved will be dealt with internally," he said.

Mr Satchwell said the incident was very upsetting and he found it insulting to both himself and his wife.

"I felt sick - that two professional people should find it funny to make a joke out of the predicament I find myself in," he said.

"I think one of the things that is hard for people is to say sorry.

"I would like something to be said to them by An Garda Síochána, but I would like a written apology from the two of them."

Neither of the two gardaí is involved in the investigation into the disappearance of Tina.

It is understood Garda chiefs want to determine whether the photo may have been digitally altered.

Irish Independent

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