Sunday 26 May 2019

'If she is not here there won't be any Christmas' - Richard Satchwell issues new appeal for missing Tina on their wedding anniversary

Richard Satchwell with a photo of his wife Tina, who is missing from their home in Youghal. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell with a photo of his wife Tina, who is missing from their home in Youghal. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Ralph Riegel

A man whose wife vanished without a trace eight months ago used his 26th wedding anniversary to issue a desperate appeal for information on her whereabouts.

Richard Satchwell issued the plea in a bid to trace his wife, Tina (45), who disappeared last March from their home in Youghal, Co Cork.

Richard Satchwell pictured at Youghal Harbour
Richard Satchwell pictured at Youghal Harbour

Mr Satchwell today insisted he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance - and now simply wants her to be found safe so she can come home for Christmas.

"If Tina is not here I am not celebrating (Christmas)", he told TV3.

"We sat down last Christmas Day, and a lot of photos appeared in the press of that day, she said to me that morning we are going to make it the best Christmas we have ever had. It was an absolutely brilliant day."

"This Christmas, if she is not here there won't be any Christmas for me.

Tina Satchwell went missing from her home in Youghal, Co Cork, on March 20. Photo: Family Handout/PA
Tina Satchwell went missing from her home in Youghal, Co Cork, on March 20. Photo: Family Handout/PA

"She is my daylight - she has been my life since meeting her, even before I spoke to her.

"To be honest with you, my life altered.

"The day we got married my life has been one long honeymoon - but it has been like that since the day I met her."

The couple got engaged two years after meeting and married in 1991 on Tina's 20th birthday.

Mr Satchwell again insisted he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.

"I have nothing to hide," he said.

Mr Satchwell previously offered to undergo a lie detector test to prove the veracity of his account.

"My wife is going to turn back up or she is going to get in touch with the gardaí. One way or another this will all come out and, in time, it will (be shown) that I have done nothing."

"I went by what I thought my wife would want me to do - I know my wife better than anybody, I know her better than I know myself."

"I have been with my wife for 28 years - (I have tried to provide) a good quiet, loving marriage and nothing else."

"I have never once in nearly 30 years of being together laid a finger on her - the most I have ever done to her is have a tight cuddle, loving the bones off her."

"There is nobody out there can seriously contradict me on that one.

"I would never lay a finger on her."

Gardaí stressed that they are now "very concerned" for the woman who vanished without trace eight months ago.

Tina was last seen at her home in Youghal, Co Cork on March 20.

While two suitcases were missing from her home, travel documents and other financial material were still in the house.

Her bank accounts have not been accessed and her mobile phone has not been used.

Mr Satchwell reported his wife missing on March 24 after initially thinking she had gone to stay with relatives.

His house was searched by Gardaí last June as part of their hunt for

Tina and Mr Satchwell said he believes it is unfair that he has been treated as a suspect.

Gardaí also conducted searches of Youghal harbour but nothing was found.

Mr Satchwell said he was initially taken aback by how he was treated.

“It was very upsetting. I felt that it was unfair. But then as your brain starts clearing a small bit, you understand they’ve (gardaí) got this routine that they go through."

Gardaí asked for security footage at all major ports and airports to be checked for any indication that Tina may have travelled overseas.

None has so far offered any clue as to the movements of the missing woman.

"There has been no trace whatsoever," a garda source said.

Gardaí now believe Tina never left Ireland.

Similarly, there have been no credible reported sightings of Tina from places where she had previously spent time including Kerry.

Tina had never before left home without telling her husband or family where she was going.

Mr Satchwell works as a lorry driver and can often be away from Youghal for substantial periods.

The couple have been together for 28 years but lived in Fermoy, Tina's hometown, for 18 years before they relocated to Youghal in May 2016.

Mr Satchwell said he believed his wife had "taken some time away" to deal with a number of personal issues.

He ruled out any suggestion she might have travelled with someone else.

But he repeated his call for her to come home.

"No-one is mad at you - my arms are open," he said.

Tina was well-known for her love of fashion and glamorous clothing.

"She loves posing. She’s spoiled rotten. She never wore an outfit twice," he said.

"She loves her fashion. She loves going around second-hand shops looking for the one individual item so that nobody can go down to Penney’s or Dunnes and have the same thing."

"Her granny, who raised her, had cancer and she never had a wedding ring of her own so Tina took her own off and gave it to her. She’s been buried 20 years with that ring. I had to go out and buy Tina another one. That’s the type of person she was."

On the day she vanished, Mr Satchwell said his wife asked him to drive to nearby Dungarvan to get fish.

When he returned two hours later, there was no sign of her.

The dog she doted on was still in the house.

He presumed she had simply gone to visit her family nearby.

“She’s been very upset in recent months. I think it took its toll and that’s why I think she left. She needed to get her head around things."

Mr Satchwell also said that there was a large quantity of cash in their home which Tina might now be using.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have information on Tina to contact Midleton Garda Station on (021) 4621550 or the Garda confidential line (1800) 666111.

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