Murdered Sheffield dad Simon Holdsworth was a ‘lovely man with a bubbly personality who would help anyone with anything’ his devastated mother said today.
Mr Holdsworth, aged 36, was found dead in a field off Delves Lane, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, on Tuesday morning after being attacked with a ‘blunt instrument’ as he made his way home from work in Intake on Monday night.
Today Mrs Holdsworth told reporters at an emotional press conference her son’s murder was the worst thing that had ever happened to her in her life.
She said: “He was a lovely, lovely son and person. This has left a huge hole in all of us. We can’t understand why anyone would want to harm Simon.”
His fiancee, Carleen McKeown whom he was due to marry next year, said: “He was a wonderful dad.”
Speaking about Christmas Day and their son Tiarnan, opening his presents, Carleen said: “His Daddy won’t be there to open them. I don’t hate the person who did this. I just want to know why?”
She added Simon and their son, who turns four on Christmas Eve, would play Lego together.
Mr Holdsworth was last seen alive on the 120 First bus. He got off near the Hogshead pub in Delves Road and started his usual walk home across the fields at Rainbow Forge School.
His body was found at 6.30am the next morning.
Detectives today appealed for locals to search their back gardens for the murder weapon.
They believe Mr Holdsworth was attacked with a blunt instrument.
They have also asked residents to look out for discarded clothing.
Acting Det Supt Phil Etheridge, who is leading the investigation, said officers didn’t have a motive for the attack.
Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant, is asked to contact police on 101.