Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Somebody Knows Who Killed My Son. Please Tell the Police and End Our Heartache; Heartfelt Video Message from Dad of Murdered John 'The Badge'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Somebody Knows Who Killed My Son. Please Tell the Police and End Our Heartache; Heartfelt Video Message from Dad of Murdered John 'The Badge'

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

TORMENTED by grief and questions, the tortured father of murdered John 'The Badge' Roberts has made an emotional plea for help to catch his son's killers.

David Roberts has courageously spoken of his loss as part of a police video in which 32-year-old John's last movements are traced.

Today marks six months since John was last seen alive.

But still no one has been brought to justice for his murder.

And David has used the film to beg for answers.

He said: "Six months ago our son was killed inside his home and we need to catch those responsible.

"It's been six months of waiting, uncertainty and heartache for us.

"John was a father, son, brother and friend. He touched many lives.

He was still young and had so much life left to live.

"He'll never be able to fulfil his potential. His murderers took that from him.

"So all we ask now is that whoever has done this is brought to justice."

John's body was found on the evening of Sunday, December 16, when police officers on patrol in Winlaton noticed the door to his Park Terrace home had been left open and went to investigate.

The dad-of-one had died as the result of serious head injuries.

Over the past six months, eight people have been arrested and questioned over the killing. Three of them remain on police bail.

John, who earned his nickname selling pin badges outside the Tyneside Irish Centre near St James' Park on match days, was last seen alive when he visited the Kandola Store near his home to buy cigarette papers, at around 6.30pm on Saturday, December 15.

But what happened to him after that is unknown.

Detectives employed Newcastle actor Lee Newcombe to play John for the reconstruction.

The 34-year-old wears a wig and fake beard and is filmed retracing John's last known movements.

A volunteer member of police staff was also used to play the role of a mystery man who John was seen talking to in the alleyway behind his house, at around 5.30pm the night before his body was found.

Police are still trying to trace this man, who is described as being white, aged 19 to 20, around 5ft 10in to 5ft 11 in, with short fair hair and clean shaven. …

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