By Matt Gaw
Sunday, February 3, 2013
THE SISTER of a woman murdered by Kevin Nunn has claimed the killer has taken away the lives of her entire family.
THE sister of a woman murdered by Kevin Nunn has claimed the killer has taken away the lives of her entire family.
Nunn, 51, is serving a minimum of 22 years in prison for the murder of Dawn Walker, whose body was found near the River Lark, close to her home in Fornham St Genevieve, near Bury St Edmunds, in 2005.
Nunn, of Woolpit, has always protested his innocence and is fighting for forensic evidence held by Suffolk police to be re-examined. Last year he was granted leave to appeal for a reopening of his case.
But exactly eight years after her 39-year-old sister’s disappearance, Sheena Walker has said a forthcoming documentary called A Town and Country Murder will remove doubt about Nunn’s guilt.
Ms Walker explained: “Everything Nunn did to my sister has been clouded. There is a cloud over her death, nobody can quite remember much about it because it has been overshadowed by him and his appeal process.
“It makes me feel that he thinks his freedom is more important than my sister’s death. The reporting of my sister’s death and the trial of my sister’s death all ended in 2006. The circus that has gone ever since has been ‘look at me, I’m Kevin Nunn’.
“He’s guilty and this film is going let the people of Bury St Edmunds look at the whole thing again.
“People are starting to question whether he’s guilty. I’ve even been asked ‘do you think he’s innocent, Sheena?’ I say ‘no he’s not, but you had to be in the court room to see that’.”
Ms Walker, 42, who still lives in Bury, said she believed years of trauma had contributed to a deterioration in her mother’s health which led to her death in November 2011.
She added: “You know, Kevin Nunn hasn’t just taken my sister’s life, he’s taken my mum’s, he’s taken mine, my children’s and most of all his children and his family. And like I said on this documentary, he has got all of us in the palm of his hand. Until he admits he’s guilty he’s got all of us.”
Nunn’s sister, Brigitte Butcher, said Ms Walker’s claims were “ludicrous” and “upsetting” for her family.
She said: “Can you imagine the suffering for my parents? It’s so upsetting for everyone. We still go out and knock on doors and speak to people. We have a huge amount of evidence. All we want to do is get to the truth, Kevin is completely innocent here. We would not be doing it if we thought he was guilty.”
Ms Walker said that her sister’s organs, which had been in a police pathology lab, have only recently been returned to her and the family are making arrangements for a burial.
Last May Nunn, his family and legal team called for forensic evidence held by Suffolk police, which includes a semen sample found on Dawn Walker’s body, to be re-examined in the belief that DNA could now be obtained.
Although the High Court challenge failed, a Supreme Court appeal panel in November granted Nunn leave to appeal against the decision. A further hearing is expected in May.
A Town and Country Murder will air at 9pm on March 17 on the Crime Investigations Network.