Ipswich/Gran Canaria: Anxious wait for family of Sarah Shields as murder trial looms
I don’t know how I will feel when I step off the plane – I just want it to be over.
Those are the anxious words of Angela Shields as she prepares to travel more than 2,000 miles to Gran Canaria to face the man accused of murdering her daughter, Sarah.
Christopher Chittock is due to stand trial in the Spanish island’s capital, Las Palmas on February 18 – in a case that is expected to last six days.
Chittock was extradited to Spain two months after Sarah’s body was discovered in the sea off the southern coast of the island in July. The couple had been on holiday before Chittock arrived home without 23-year-old Sarah.
After two years of waiting, Mrs Shields, of Ramsgate Drive, said with the trial looming she is desperate “to get it over and done with”.
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Mrs Shields, accompanied by her husband David, their two sons Paul and Mark and daughter Belinda, will travel to Gran Canaria for the duration of the trial.
The couple, along with a friend of Sarah’s, her ex-boyfriend, phone analysts and a police officer from Suffolk police have been called as witnesses.
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“I will be glad to get it over with,” Mrs Shields added. “I just want justice for our beloved Sarah.
“He hasn’t been found guilty yet but if he is I hope he is sentenced to life. Our darling girl’s life was taken and we just want justice for her.
“As a family we went to Gran Canaria a few years ago. Since then Sarah was murdered there.
“I just don’t know how I will feel stepping off that plane, it will always hold devastating connections for us.
“Sarah got off the plane and she never came home.
“I just want it all to be over.”
Spanish detectives claim Chittock flew into a jealous rage when he discovered Sarah had been in contact with an ex-boyfriend.
They allege he beat and strangled her before dumping her body in the sea. Chittock has previously denied murder.