Family of murder victim plea for body location

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Killer Tony Holland was ordered to serve 35 years for murdering Danny Hathaway, but his conviction and sentence brought little comfort to the victim’s family.

Today, five years after the murder, Danny’s body has never been found and Holland has ignored every plea to say where his victim lies.

Mr Hathaway, a father-of-two, disappeared from his double decker bus home at a Traveller site in Gretton Brook Road, Corby, on Wednesday, February 7, 2007.

He received a mystery phone call, left home with £3,000 in cash but never came home.

After Holland’s conviction in May 2008, Danny’s father the Rev Kenneth Hathaway, who lives in Shropshire, made a plea to anyone who knew where his son’s body was to come forward so that he could have the “dignity of burial and the respect of a funeral”.

Today he makes that same appeal.

He said: “Repeatedly we and the police have appealed for information which would lead us to the place where the body was concealed, without success.

“Why is it that the young man who has been convicted and sentenced for killing Daniel still refuses to say what he did with the body?

“Is it that he is afraid that if he tells us he will implicate other people in the crime?

“We have been through a terrible time and it doesn’t get any easier.”

Holland, of Desborough, was also convicted of fatally stabbing Bill O’Connor, 20, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in April 2007.

Mr Hathaway said: “The young man who killed Daniel also went on to murder a second victim, but here the problem does not arise as he was disturbed during the murder and ran off, leaving the body lying there.

“On this, the anniversary of Daniel’s death, we as a family make yet another appeal to the consciences of those who know to come forward and tell us, or pass a message to the police, so that at last we can put this matter to rest.

“Meanwhile all we can do is to remember and celebrate the life of a man who was so much loved and who in his way was unique, a man who achieved so much in his short life but was cut off in his prime.”

Danny’s partner Diane Furey, who still lives in Northamptonshire with the couple’s two children Sam, 16, and Ellie May, 11, said; “Without a grave it’s hard to keep his memory alive in the children’s minds.”