The son of murdered Doncaster gran Nora Tait has made an emotional plea for the killer to come forward, 10 years after her murder.
Alan Watson said the family has never given up hope that one day those responsible will be brought to justice.
He said: “We are hoping that this year something concrete will come, we’ll get justice and somebody will go to prison. It would mean a lot to all the family.
“Every day it’s in the back of your mind, it’ll come to the front of your mind when you have the quiet moments, when you’re on your own, but you just get by.
“We’ll never forget it; we have been deprived of a mum.
“We’ve always hoped that this day is going to happen – that we’re going to get a call, but it hasn’t come. We haven’t had that bit of evidence.
“You don’t expect your mum to be murdered in her house in broad daylight. You don’t expect your mum to be murdered anyway, but for this to happen to a defenceless pensioner is disgusting.
“If you know what happened, do the right thing and speak to the police. It’s been 10 years of agony for our family and we don’t want another ten years, we want this sorting once and for all.
Appealing directly to those responsible, he said: “If you have a heart, just do the right thing and help us put our mum to rest properly.”
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information which could lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved in
Nora’s murder. The retired seamstress was bludgeoned to death at her Hexthorpe home as she prepared to eat lunch on October 12, 2005.
Despite thousands of lines of enquiry, national appeals, the offer of a £20,000 reward and nine suspects being arrested and released without charge – Nora’s killer is still on the loose a decade on.
The 69-year-old’s body was found at 15 Stone Close Avenue, Hexthorpe exactly10 years ago today, after she was killed the day before.
The great-grandmother had sustained a number of blows to the back of her head, which left her with severe skull fractures.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson, who is now leading the inquiry, said: “I am willing to speak to people confidentially, on a one-to-one basis.
“I would appeal to the person that’s done it, come forward, please speak to us.
“It’s now time to let us know why you have done this horrendous crime.
“You must wake up every day expecting a knock on your door with the police there to bring you in custody.
“Finally, after 10 years, have the guts to come forward.
“With the new developments of DNA, we are in the process of reviewing all the forensic evidence that we took at the time. New techniques are developing and we can find DNA where we couldn’t find it ten years ago.
“Again, I would appeal to the person who has done this, we are on your tail, if that DNA evidence does become successful then you will be getting that knock.”
Detectives are also keen to speak to a man who phoned police in March this year, saying he had information which could help solve the case, but he refused to give his details and never called back.
They also wish to speak to the author of a Christmas card, sent to the murder inquiry team in 2009.
The card said ‘I might know a little something or nothing, I will be back in touch after Christmas’.
The writer never made further contact.
Anyone with information is asked to phone South Yorkshire Police on 101 and they will be put straight through to the investigating officer.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.