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Tuesday 19 September 2017

'I would not lift a finger to my wife', says missing Tina's worried husband

Richard Satchwell
Richard Satchwell

The husband of a woman missing from her home in Co Cork for the past 16 weeks has admitted he was treated as a suspect by gardai but insists he has "nothing to hide".

Tina Satchwell (45) was last seen at her home in Youghal on March 20.

Three-and-a-half months later, there have been no confirmed sightings of Tina by members of the public or on CCTV.

Character

Her husband of 25 years, Richard Satchwell, said he has no idea what happened to his wife and "best friend".

"Tina is amazing. She is kind, she would give anybody anything," he said yesterday.

"Getting up and going like she did isn't like her at all. She loves our pets, she never used to leave and go out the door without the Chihuahua. It has thrown me because it's so completely out of character for her."

Mr Satchwell, who married his wife in 1991 on her 21st birthday, spoke to the Herald at his three-storey townhouse on the main street in Youghal which is a shrine to the missing woman, with a portrait of her hanging over the fireplace.

Some of her clothes are still hanging in the sitting room and kitchen, untouched from the day she disappeared.

Mr Satchwell praised gardai for their help and support, but said they currently have no leads or suspects.

When asked if detectives considered him a suspect in his wife's disappearance, he said: "I have been asked questions but I haven't been cautioned.

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

"It got back to me through a member of my family that they were asking what I thought of as unfair questions, about 'do they think that I could harm my wife?'.

"I came back to the gardai here in Youghal and I made a complaint. I wouldn't lift a finger to my wife.

"It was very upsetting, I felt that it was unfair, but then as your brain starts clearing a small bit, you understand they've got this routine that they go through.

"They searched the house when I was up the country. I didn't know that they were going to search it, but now they have a key to enter whenever they like.

"I've told the truth. I've nothing to hide."

The truck driver said he now works more than 12 hours a day, but occasionally stops his vehicle when he thinks he spots his wife.

He said he will never forget the day she went missing.

"She got up in the morning and did all the usual things. She asked if I'd drop over to Dungarvan and get fish," he said.

"When I returned two hours later, she wasn't there. I found her keys on the ground. She'd normally be watching MTV or some chat show, but there was no sign of her.

"I thought she went for a walk but, when she didn't come back, naturally I got a sickly feeling.

Judgment

"We had conversations of late, so I said, 'Right, she's gone down to a member of the family for a while', so I gave her a couple days and I left to visit my doctor on the Friday.

"When I found out that nobody had seen her, it was like everything fell away."

He said the "conversations" were about "anything and everything".

"I know some people think I should have reported it straight away, but I made a judgment call, right or wrong. Since then I've done a lot of work with the guards trying to trace her," he said.

He added that originally he thought his wife had left to "get a break".

"She's been very upset in recent months. I hope she'll turn up suddenly the way she disappeared. It's just completely odd," he said.

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