Sunday 20 January 2019

'It's been hell since Tina disappeared a year ago': husband

Tina Satchwell's husband Richard Satchwell
Tina Satchwell's husband Richard Satchwell

Ralph Riegel

The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell has said the first anniversary of his wife's disappearance left him completely heartbroken.

Richard Satchwell has revealed he now says "good morning" to a photo of Ms Satchwell every day in the sitting room of their Cork home. Mr Satchwell wept as he spent the day of the anniversary with his wife's beloved pet dog, Ruby, and prayed for a breakthrough in the case which has baffled gardaí.

The English-born truck driver said his life had been "hell" since Ms Satchwell vanished without trace from their Youghal home, in Co Cork, on March 20, 2017.

He said he remained convinced Ms Satchwell was alive - and issued a fresh appeal for anyone with information about Tina's movements or whereabouts to contact gardaí.

"Every morning I wake up I am waiting for the door to open or the phone to go (to say Tina has been found safe).

"That is a daily thing for me - even now.

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

"I feel sadness and hope - that is all I have. I don't have anything else," he told TV3.

"When I get up every morning, I say 'good morning' to a photo of her left in the sitting room. It might sound crazy, but that is what I do.

"That is what I am left with at the minute.

"As far as functioning goes, I don't - I just get up, take the dogs for a walk, feed them and look after the bird (pet parrot).

"Other than that, there is not much happening in my life."

Mr Satchwell again pleaded with his wife, or anyone who has information about her whereabouts, to contact gardaí.

He insisted he would welcome Tina home with "open arms".

"My message to Tina is my arms are open - nothing has changed as far as I am concerned. She can just come back and we would settle straight back into life the way it was.

"If there is anything there she wants to work on altering, then we will work on altering that.

"Basically, I cannot say much more - (Tina is) my life. I don't have a life since she has been gone."

Mr Satchwell said there was nothing out of the ordinary on March 20, 2017, to indicate his wife was about to disappear.

"It was the same as any other morning - she got up and I made her a cup of tea and a slice of toast. It wasn't unusual for her to turn around and ask me to go shopping.

"I thought nothing of it at the time. When I came back, the keys were on the ground.

"When she didn't come back I thought she was gone to Fermoy (her hometown)," he said.

Irish Independent

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