James Brodie, suspected killer of Notts jeweller Marian Bates, 'deserved to die'
A NEW search has been launched for the body of a man suspected of killing Notts jeweller Marian Bates in a robbery that went wrong 10 years ago.
Officers began combing farmland in Lincolnshire yesterday, the latest development in the hunt for James Brodie.
They confirmed for the first time that they believe their suspect was murdered. And today Marian's widower, Victor, told the Post that Brodie deserved to die.
Brodie went missing after Mrs Bates was shot dead during a robbery at the Time Centre, Arnold, in September 2003.
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Mr Bates said: "I take no joy in anybody's death, but if anybody deserves it then he [Brodie] does.
"I'm afraid I'll carry what happened with me for the rest of my life. There are times when I don't think about it, but they don't last for long."
Police launched a hunt for Brodie, of Bulwell, after the raid but drew a blank. They believed he might have been killed by criminal associates.
Search teams will be at Maize Farm, East Heckington, for several days.
Mrs Bates, 64, was shot in front of Mr Bates and their daughter Xanthe.
Peter Williams, 19, was jailed for 22 years after being convicted of murder.
In legal submissions, the judge heard Williams told police that Bestwood crime boss Colin Gunn was behind the raid.
The court heard Williams took part in the robbery but that an accomplice – believed to be Brodie – fired the shot.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin said: "This is the likely scene of the murder of James Brodie. We believe the remains of his body are here."