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Tuesday 25 July 2017

'I'll take lie detector test to prove I'm innocent' - missing Tina's husband

Richard Satchwell
Richard Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell has offered to take a lie detector test to prove he is innocent.

Richard Satchwell made the offer as he admitted he was very upset by some of the things being said about him, particularly on social media.

Mr Satchwell repeated his plea for his wife to make contact with him, her family or the gardai, saying her disappearance has taken all the joy from his life.

"I have nothing to hide," he said. "If I was asked to take a lie detector test, I would take one.

"My wife is going to turn back up or she is going to get in touch with the gardai.

"One way or another, this will all come out and, in time, it will [be shown] that I have done nothing.

Loving

"I went by what I thought my wife would want me to do - I know my wife better than anybody, I know her better than I know myself.

"I have been with my wife for 28 years - [I have tried to provide] a good, quiet, loving marriage and nothing else."

Mr Satchwell admitted he no longer trusts the press over the way Tina's disappearance has been reported.

He agreed to do a final interview with TV3 to issue a fresh appeal for information.

Mr Satchwell revealed he fell in love with Tina at first sight when she moved from her native Fermoy, Co Cork, to northern England over 30 years ago - and his life is now "only an existence" without her.

Tina (51) vanished on March 20 and, despite a major Garda appeal, no trace of her has been found.

Tina, who was reported missing on March 24, had no passport, her mobile phone was left in her home and her bank account has not been accessed.

Mr Satchwell said he returned from an errand in Dungarvan on March 20 to find Tina gone and her house keys on the ground.

"I spotted suitcases gone, the cash box was open and money was gone. Then I got the jitters. There was a large amount [gone]," he said. "There is no describing the feelings that go through your body.

"We celebrated 25 years of marriage just before Christmas so I think, yeah [the relationship was good].

"I have tried everything [to find her]. I have been to places we like going - I have driven to Killarney.

Terrified

"She wouldn't get on an airplane - she was terrified of flying.

"My dream is that she will turn up as suddenly as she left - that is what I pray for."

Mr Satchwell said he had left a spare key to his home at Youghal Garda Station in case Tina turned up.

"We are not just a couple. We are best friends and we can talk about anything. I miss all that," he added.

"I miss her laughing, I miss her smiles, there is absolutely no joy left. I miss it all.

"It was love at first sight. I was opposite to what Tina would normally go for.

"Back then, I was pretty overweight and stuff like that. I wouldn't be the good-looking guy she would normally like. But she fell in love with my personality - the person that I am."

He urged Tina to make some form of contact to let people know she was safe and well.

"I would say this - Tina, you are in no trouble with the guards, you shouldn't be afraid to get in touch."

Mr Satchwell said he was co-operating fully with the gardai.

"I was surprised when they went for a search warrant [of the Youghal home]," he said.

"I left them to do their job. I have nothing to hide. I have only told the truth."

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