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Family appeal for information on Chasetown dad’s murder

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin

The family of a man who was shot dead in his Chasetown home have made an appeal for information about his murder.

Richard Deakin, 27, died after in his Meadway Street home at around 8.30am on July 5.

The former Cheslyn Hay High School student moved to Chasetown with his fiancee Megan in 2008 where they lived with their daughters, four-year-old Ellie and two-year-old Jessica.

His mother, Carol Deakin, said:

“Despite having quite a shy and quiet exterior, Richard was very bubbly and popular. Everybody loved him, he was always very, very polite and courteous. Around 300 people turned out for Richard’s funeral. Extra chairs had to be put out, and people were still standing at the back.

“From the age of just four or five, his main hobby was motocross. He was a member of Walsall MOTO X Club. Richard also liked to go to the gym. When he left school he went to work at Chase Tyres in Norton Canes. Before he died, he was working for an agency as a HGV driver after previously running his own skip hire business.

“We went to see my nephews at the MOTO X recently and it was like someone was sticking a knife in my heart. All the emotions were coming back as I saw Richard going round and round the track as a young boy. I was sobbing and my granddaughter was saying, ‘Don’t cry, it’s ok’.

“I want him to park on the drive in his van and the front door to open and his face to beam at me.”

Detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major Investigation Department are carrying out an extensive murder inquiry.

But his mother admitted they still have no idea why anyone would want to kill her son.

She said:

“We all hurt for each other. We haven’t got a life at the moment. We exist to look after the girls. I just keep asking, ‘Why, why, why?’. Why would anyone want to kill someone so lovely, caring and sincere? If anybody would ring and tell Richard they needed something he’d be there in a flash to help them.

“Up until the funeral we couldn’t go anywhere. I just didn’t want to face anybody – people don’t know what to say to you.  It’s destroying my head. I go to bed and think about him, and I wake up and think about him. It hurts so much inside. No-one will ever know what it feels like unless it happens to them. I feel sick when I think about it. I don’t know how someone could do it.”

His funeral featured songs by his wife Megan. And she said that the family man was being missed by his daughters.

Megan added:

“Richard was the best dad ever, and was totally devoted to his girls. They’d say, ‘Jump’ and he’d say, ‘How high?’. He loved it when they were hanging off his neck. He was so proud of them. He used to love to get them dressed up and, being sporty, he was always the one to take the girls to get their tracksuits and trainers – that was their personal time together.

“He was someone I could talk to about anything and it would stay between us. The children want their dad. I want Richard and I want my life back. I just want to be able to touch him. I want my soul mate back, I’m lost without him. When I’m asleep, I have dreams about him that are so real, but when I wake I’m in a nightmare.

“The cowards who did this are not people, they are animals. People may be scared to come forward, but if they don’t, Richard’s killers will still be out there. Someone needs to come forward to put them behind bars so that other people are safe. How would you feel if it was your son or partner? Put yourself in our shoes and think how you would feel if it happened to you?”

Police cordon off Meadway Street. Pic: John Harris

Police cordon off Meadway Street. Pic: John Harris

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Garrett, who is leading the murder inquiry, said:

“Richard’s family’s are devastated by his death and cannot begin to comprehend why someone would deliberately cause them so much pain. We are doing all we can to support them and are determined to answer their questions and bring Richard’s killers to justice. Our complex investigation is moving forward and detectives are following several lines of inquiry.

“There are people with information about Richard’s death who, for whatever reason, have not yet passed it to police. We would urge them to ring the incident room on 01785 233600. Alternatively, if they want to remain anonymous, they can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Two men have been arrested in connection with Mr Deakin’s death and remain on police bail pending further inquiries.

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