10 years since unsolved gun murder of Notts' David Draycott
POLICE have launched a fresh appeal for information on one of Notts' most high-profile unsolved cases.
David Draycott was shot dead on his driveway in Sutton-in-Ashfield in 2002.
Almost ten years on, police are renewing their appeals for help.
The force has cited the conviction of Rene Sarpong, who murdered 16-year-old Brendon Lawrence in St Ann's 10 years ago yesterday, as a prime example of how people can make a difference.
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Sarpong, 31, of Lamartine Street, St Ann's, was not convicted of Brendon's murder until March 2010 – more than eight years after the shooting.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Waterfield, head of crime and justice for Notts Police, said: "The conviction of Rene Sarpong for the murder of Brendon Lawrence eight years after he was killed, and the end of a 25-year investigation which saw Paul Hutchinson jailed in January 2010 for the murder of Colette Aram, shows the determination the force has in getting justice for victims.
"The public has a vital part to play in this process as there will always be someone, somewhere, who has a nugget of information which could be the final piece of the jigsaw.
"Every murder leaves behind a grieving family who have to try to carry on knowing the killer remains at large."
Mr Draycott, 40, was shot outside his home in Woodlands Way, on October 7, 2002, after parking his Mercedes.
Backing the appeal for new information, his wife Andrea Draycott said: "It is hard to think where the last ten years have gone, but not a day goes by when we don't think about David. Memories of that fateful day remain with us all.
"For any family left behind after a loved one is deliberately targeted and killed, it is difficult to get over it happening, but for us it is even harder when those responsible have not been brought to justice.
"For someone to cut short David's life in such a cold and calculating way is incomprehensible. Our children were very young when David was murdered. It has been heartbreaking for them to deal with the fact their dad would never be coming home, would not see them grow up, not see them go on to have successful lives, relationships or children."
Mr Draycott was shot in the chest and abdomen but managed to get to his neighbour's door where they gave him first aid and called an ambulance. He died four days later.
As Mrs Draycott came to terms with her husband's death she became friends with the late mother of Brendon Lawrence, Janice Collins.
Mrs Draycott added: "Brendon Lawrence's killer was jailed in 2008, eight years after he was murdered.
"As the years passed I know the police never gave up the hunt for those responsible for either his death, or that of my husband.
"I got to know Janice Collins extremely well throughout that time, brought together by our personal tragedies.
"We wouldn't give up hope and took a stand against gun crime, becoming part of Mothers Against Guns, and I know that even though Janice is no longer with us, her legacy lives on and I continue to support that organisation.
"The public played a significant part in helping bring Brendon's murderer to justice.
"Information from witnesses who were willing to speak to the police and help them piece together events leading up to his death made the difference. I am now asking for that same help for David's sake and for that of our family.
"Someone will have information about what happened the night David was murdered.
"They may have kept secrets for whoever is responsible over the last ten years, but I am urging them to give us some kind of closure by helping the police find whoever killed my husband and the father of my children."
Mr Waterfield said: "As a force we never give up hope of finding new information that can move an inquiry forward.
"With the constant advances in technology and forensics, more and more historic cases are being detected.
"We also know that people's loyalties change over time and there may be someone who previously held back from giving information because they felt a personal duty to the killer, who may now consider telling us what they know.
"Andrea Draycott and family have had to endure a terrible ordeal for the past ten years,
"This is a fresh appeal for information aimed at anyone who knows what happened that night, or who did it. We owe it to David's family to find his killer – no matter how long it takes."
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.