Police urge partner of Sheffield killer to come forward

Simon Holdsworth with his fiancee Carle McKeown
Simon Holdsworth with his fiancee Carle McKeown
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The top detective overseeing the probe into the brutal murder of a Sheffield man said today of the killer: “If he can do this what else can he do?”

Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge, leading the hunt for the killer of 36-year-old Simon Holdsworth, said ‘statistically’ the culprit was likely to be a man.

He said: “Although we can’t categorically say it was a male responsible, statistically it is more than likely to be and bearing in mind the level of violence used.

“With that in mind my appeal is to the partner of that man to come forward.

“If your partner can do this to somebody what else can he do?”

Det Supt Etheridge spoke out after making a nationwide appeal for help in solving the case on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Simon was attacked close to his home in Hackenthorpe on his way home from work the week before Christmas.

The paint sprayer had just got off a bus off Birley Spa Lane and was walking home when he was attacked on playing fields near Rainbow Forge Primary School.

His body was discovered the following day and a post mortem examination revealed he had suffered severe head injuries.

Simon’s mobile phone and chain were missing but police believe the items may have been taken to create the impression that he was robbed.

Det Supt Etheridge said: “I am confident, and I don’t say that lightly, that we will get a result with this case.”

He said calls and text messages are still being received following the Crimewatch Appeal on Wednesday.

“We are assessing the value of each piece of information received.

“We had calls well into double numbers.”

CCTV footage captured close to the spotin the playing fields where Simon’s body was found was screened on the programme and showed a car which detectives want to trace.

It is believed to be a dark hatchback, possibly an older style Ford Escort or Vauxhall Astra.