Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: We knew texts weren’t from our sister - says brother of Sarah Shields

14:32 25 February 2013

Sarah on holiday with her family in spain

Sarah on holiday with her family in spain

Archant

SARAH’S older brother, Paul Davis, said his suspicions were first aroused when he told Chittock during a phone call he planned to fly out to Gran Canaria to find the missing 23-year-old in July 2010.

shares

Mr Davis said Chittock told him: “Good luck, it’s a big place.”

“I knew as soon as I put the phone down that something had happened,” Mr Davis said.

“I wanted to believe they had argued and he had taken her passport and phone and left her out there but inside I knew he had done something terrible.

“The messages we were getting, allegedly from Sarah, weren’t written by her, we could tell.

“Then the morning after my conversation with Chris, I called her phone and got an English ringtone.

“I knew then the phone was back in this country and called the police.”

Mrs Shields added: “Sarah loved us all and loved her little dog Bruiser, she would never have not come home.

“And we never believed his story about her running off with some man called Jason, she was so kind-hearted, she could never have done that to anyone.

“In the car, when we picked him up from the airport on his own, he told us not to contact Sarah – he told us not to hassle her.

“Then I texted her asking if she was ok and I got back: ‘I’m fine, weather’s fine, couldn’t be better’.

“That just wasn’t like her.

“I felt deep down something was wrong.”

When police broke the news that the body of a young girl had been found off the southern coast of the holiday island, Mrs Shields said her world fell apart.

“That is and will always be the worst thing I have ever heard,” she added.

“He (Chittock) was violent towards her before they went away.

“It was his birthday and they went out. He had one too many drinks and ended up hurting her.

“I begged her not to go back to him. I told her they were going on an all-inclusive holiday and there would lots of alcohol and he would do it again.

“I begged her, but she never saw the bad in anyone.”

Related articles

shares

0 comments

Bradley Wiggins, far left, riding through Woodbridge during the first stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain spectators will get to see champion rider Sir Bradley Wiggins racing through Suffolk again when it comes to county this month.

Art on the Prom at Felixstowe last year

More than 100 artists will be exhibiting this weekend as Felixstowe stages one of its most popular events of the year.

One of the new metal art trees in bury has been damaged. St Andrew's Street South.

A metal sculpture in a central Bury St Edmunds street now resembles a dandelion blowing in the wind following an accident involving a truck.

Police at the scene of the alleged attack.

The jury in the trial of two men accused of being involved in a plot to throw acid over a 22-year-old Suffolk beautician has retired to consider its verdicts.

Police are investigating

Further instances of vehicle crime were felt in Kesgrave on Sunday night after a car window was smashed, prompting a social media appeal for those with information to come forward.

A man has died at The Port of Felixstowe.

Investigators say their inquiries into the death of a contract worker at the Port of Felixstowe could take some time to complete.

A large farming trailer carrying potatoes has overturned on the B1102 between Freckenham and Worlington.

The B1102 in Freckenham is blocked after a trailer load of potatoes overturned.

The opening of the new petanque bowls piste at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew - Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Phillip Dunnett with parish clerk and member of the centre committee Debbi Tayler

More than 30 people turned out for the opening of a boules rink at The Riverside Centre on Saturday.

Traffic chaos caused by flooding on the A143 near Bury St Edmunds.

The final summer bank holiday of the year was a wash out, causing traffic chaos in parts of Suffolk, with roads flooding and cars getting stuck.

Photo caption: (L-R) Courtney Culf, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, Cllr Ray Herring, Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Cllr Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Coastal Management and Peter Lanceley, Operations Manager at Suffolk Coastal Norse.

Extra play equipment costing £150,000 has been unveiled to give youngsters a late summer boost.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages