Family of Michael Redmond found dead near Basildon golf course say they need justice as inquest opens

Our plea for justice on dad found dead near a golf course

Our plea for justice on dad found dead near a golf course

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THE family of a man found dead near a Basildon golf course say they need justice.

Their plea came as a coroner said there would be a “full, fair and fearless inquiry” into his death.

Michael Redmond, from The Vale, Vange, was found near Basildon Golf Course on August 12 last year, having been missing for nearly a month.

The 47-year-old father was reported missing by his distraught family on July 15 after he was last seen at the 13th hole on the course.

Essex Police carried out a search of the site and surrounding area, but found nothing.

However, they later returned and found Mr Redmond’s body in undergrowth near the course and close to where he was seen. Police voluntarily referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after concerns were raised by Mr Redmond’s family about their handling of the matter.

Yesterday, a pre-inquest hearing heard the commission had referred the case back and told the force’s professional standards department to carry out an investigation.

A separate internal police investigation has already been completed.

Maureen Redmond, Mr Redmond’s mother, said: “We always wanted to make it clear it wasn’t a witch hunt. But we do need to have justice and we do need for it to be made clear there were assumptions made about my son from one witness statement which put a shadow over the whole investigation and which has not been substantiated by anyone else.

“Maybe if people had taken things more seriously they would have found him much sooner and had a clear indication of how he died and what he died of.”

A post mortem examination failed to find the cause of death.

The result of investigations into police dealings surrounding the death of Mr Redmond will be disclosed at the inquest on August 26.

Coroner Caroline Beasley- Murray said: “This court will carry out a full, fair and fearless inquiry.”

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7:30am Sat 28 Jun 14

alarminstaller says...

This is truly tragic for the family the loss of any family member is unforgettable especially tragic for a parent that lose their child.

Unfortunately lives within the bereaved family can be made worse for a life time without closure HOWEVER they should also stop looking for blame otherwise or reasons and try to accept the ONLY evidence availiable,
Otherwise it will destroy the family from within, it will create anger friends and neighbours will tire of listening to them forever moaning and will avoid them like the plague leading to self destruction and loss of pride.

It happens occasionally when normally one member within the family starts a 'blame' campaign that leads to the events of the tragedy being continually dragged up, resulting in further damage to the family when no reasons or evidence is discovered, and probably never will be.

Sometimes despite what people want to believe about the lack of Police action, the perceived appearance of a Police investigation failure the truth and reality is if there is no evidence that is a fact 'there is no evidence' and for the family there will never be closure, very hard unfair but fact.

It so easy to believe conspiracy therories which once started just grow and grow.

The Police or anyone else can only act if evidence of any kind is found.

We have a former friend that embarked on a campaign of hate and self destruction over the loss of a son, there was no evidence, despite what he believed, he also blamed the police for a lack of search action, but on hindsight it is reasonable and easy to understand simple facts where do searches start, can we reasonably expect Police and public to search endlessly, can the police decide what person they should search for with a list of other missing people and recently can we afford to search or investigate forever when we have cut the Police budget by a quarter obviously meaning 1 in every 4 police officer are no longer availiable, WHAT company could cope with that Loss ???

My advice to the family is 'do not destroy yourselves from within remember your son for all the good times'
Unfortunatly our friend died of a broken heart with few friends because he was so angry and friends and neighbours hid from him.

I feel for the family but do not self destruct within caused by anger and blame when in reality there really is no one to blame.
This is truly tragic for the family the loss of any family member is unforgettable especially tragic for a parent that lose their child. Unfortunately lives within the bereaved family can be made worse for a life time without closure HOWEVER they should also stop looking for blame otherwise or reasons and try to accept the ONLY evidence availiable, Otherwise it will destroy the family from within, it will create anger friends and neighbours will tire of listening to them forever moaning and will avoid them like the plague leading to self destruction and loss of pride. It happens occasionally when normally one member within the family starts a 'blame' campaign that leads to the events of the tragedy being continually dragged up, resulting in further damage to the family when no reasons or evidence is discovered, and probably never will be. Sometimes despite what people want to believe about the lack of Police action, the perceived appearance of a Police investigation failure the truth and reality is if there is no evidence that is a fact 'there is no evidence' and for the family there will never be closure, very hard unfair but fact. It so easy to believe conspiracy therories which once started just grow and grow. The Police or anyone else can only act if evidence of any kind is found. We have a former friend that embarked on a campaign of hate and self destruction over the loss of a son, there was no evidence, despite what he believed, he also blamed the police for a lack of search action, but on hindsight it is reasonable and easy to understand simple facts where do searches start, can we reasonably expect Police and public to search endlessly, can the police decide what person they should search for with a list of other missing people and recently can we afford to search or investigate forever when we have cut the Police budget by a quarter obviously meaning 1 in every 4 police officer are no longer availiable, WHAT company could cope with that Loss ??? My advice to the family is 'do not destroy yourselves from within remember your son for all the good times' Unfortunatly our friend died of a broken heart with few friends because he was so angry and friends and neighbours hid from him. I feel for the family but do not self destruct within caused by anger and blame when in reality there really is no one to blame. alarminstaller
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9:33am Sat 28 Jun 14

andyman1971 says...

alarminstaller wrote:
This is truly tragic for the family the loss of any family member is unforgettable especially tragic for a parent that lose their child.

Unfortunately lives within the bereaved family can be made worse for a life time without closure HOWEVER they should also stop looking for blame otherwise or reasons and try to accept the ONLY evidence availiable,
Otherwise it will destroy the family from within, it will create anger friends and neighbours will tire of listening to them forever moaning and will avoid them like the plague leading to self destruction and loss of pride.

It happens occasionally when normally one member within the family starts a 'blame' campaign that leads to the events of the tragedy being continually dragged up, resulting in further damage to the family when no reasons or evidence is discovered, and probably never will be.

Sometimes despite what people want to believe about the lack of Police action, the perceived appearance of a Police investigation failure the truth and reality is if there is no evidence that is a fact 'there is no evidence' and for the family there will never be closure, very hard unfair but fact.

It so easy to believe conspiracy therories which once started just grow and grow.

The Police or anyone else can only act if evidence of any kind is found.

We have a former friend that embarked on a campaign of hate and self destruction over the loss of a son, there was no evidence, despite what he believed, he also blamed the police for a lack of search action, but on hindsight it is reasonable and easy to understand simple facts where do searches start, can we reasonably expect Police and public to search endlessly, can the police decide what person they should search for with a list of other missing people and recently can we afford to search or investigate forever when we have cut the Police budget by a quarter obviously meaning 1 in every 4 police officer are no longer availiable, WHAT company could cope with that Loss ???

My advice to the family is 'do not destroy yourselves from within remember your son for all the good times'
Unfortunatly our friend died of a broken heart with few friends because he was so angry and friends and neighbours hid from him.

I feel for the family but do not self destruct within caused by anger and blame when in reality there really is no one to blame.
What a really well wrote heart warning message. All of which is totally true. The police are overworked. Thank you
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: This is truly tragic for the family the loss of any family member is unforgettable especially tragic for a parent that lose their child. Unfortunately lives within the bereaved family can be made worse for a life time without closure HOWEVER they should also stop looking for blame otherwise or reasons and try to accept the ONLY evidence availiable, Otherwise it will destroy the family from within, it will create anger friends and neighbours will tire of listening to them forever moaning and will avoid them like the plague leading to self destruction and loss of pride. It happens occasionally when normally one member within the family starts a 'blame' campaign that leads to the events of the tragedy being continually dragged up, resulting in further damage to the family when no reasons or evidence is discovered, and probably never will be. Sometimes despite what people want to believe about the lack of Police action, the perceived appearance of a Police investigation failure the truth and reality is if there is no evidence that is a fact 'there is no evidence' and for the family there will never be closure, very hard unfair but fact. It so easy to believe conspiracy therories which once started just grow and grow. The Police or anyone else can only act if evidence of any kind is found. We have a former friend that embarked on a campaign of hate and self destruction over the loss of a son, there was no evidence, despite what he believed, he also blamed the police for a lack of search action, but on hindsight it is reasonable and easy to understand simple facts where do searches start, can we reasonably expect Police and public to search endlessly, can the police decide what person they should search for with a list of other missing people and recently can we afford to search or investigate forever when we have cut the Police budget by a quarter obviously meaning 1 in every 4 police officer are no longer availiable, WHAT company could cope with that Loss ??? My advice to the family is 'do not destroy yourselves from within remember your son for all the good times' Unfortunatly our friend died of a broken heart with few friends because he was so angry and friends and neighbours hid from him. I feel for the family but do not self destruct within caused by anger and blame when in reality there really is no one to blame.[/p][/quote]What a really well wrote heart warning message. All of which is totally true. The police are overworked. Thank you andyman1971
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