THE killer of a Sheffield mum stabbed to death in a frenzied knife attack has been branded ‘scum’ and ‘the lowest of the low’ by her heartbroken partner in an emotional outpouring following the 10th anniversary of her murder.
Mick Holmes, aged 41, opened his heart to The Star for the first time since his ‘soul mate’ Michaela Hague was knifed to death by a punter on Bonfire Night 2001.
The mum-of-one, who was working as a prostitute, was stabbed 19 times in her neck and back after being driven from Bower Street in the red light district, off Corporation Street, to a nearby car park.
Michaela, aged 25, managed to whisper a brief description of her attacker to a police officer before she died in hospital a few hours later, but despite a nationwide manhunt the killer has evaded capture.
The sex worker’s partner said he is desperate for the murderer to be caught - saying he lives in fear of the killer striking again.
Mick urged anyone with any suspicions about the culprit to come forward but said he is convinced he is being shielded.
“The pain I feel never goes away - it is like I am living in a black hole that I can’t get out of. I can’t move on and never will be able to until Michaela’s killer is caught,” he said.
“I am speaking out because it is time the killer was caught.”
Mick described Michaela as ‘irreplaceable’ and said her death had devastated him and the couple’s son, who is 15 now but was just five at the time of the murder.
“I spend 24 hours a day wondering who did this, looking around thinking ‘is it him?’,” he said.
“All I can say is that he is a scumbag who does not deserve to walk the streets - the death sentence is not good enough for him.
“There can be no bigger sin than taking a mother away from her child. He has caused a huge amount of damage to me, our son and Michaela’s family.
“What he did to Michaela, something so savage, is not the kind of thing somebody just does once - I am convinced he has either done it before or will do it again, although I pray he doesn’t so that no other family has to go through what we have.
“I just want him locked up - I would rest a lot easier knowing he wasn’t out there able to do this again. My one fear is that he will do it again.”
Mick urged anyone with information or suspicions about the killer to come forward and help police track him down.
“There is no way he has gone for 10 years with this secret - he must have said something to someone, or somebody must have seen something which they know was wrong and my plea is for them to come forward,” he added.
“On the night he did this he must have been covered in blood, also he might have suddenly stopped using the car he had - anything suspicious like that needs to be reported because there is nothing to stop him doing it again, he has shown how capable he is.
“Anyone who knows anything needs to help get him off the streets and if they are protecting him for whatever reason they are worse than him.”
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