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Mother’s vow three years after son Carl Tindall killed

By Tom Oakley | Stafford | Crime | Published:

The heartbroken mother of murdered Carl Tindall, who was beaten and left to die at the side of the road, says she will never give up fighting for justice for her son.

Carl Tindall and left, Carl’s mother Pat Tindall

The 35-year-old, from Brocton, in Stafford, is believed to have been attacked at a house in Plant Crescent, Stafford, on August 22, 2015.

He is then thought to have been taken alive in a car and driven two miles to Cull Avenue, also in Stafford, where he was dumped at the side of the road. Passers-by took him to hospital but he died two days later.

Police subsequently arrested and charged four people in relation to the property agent’s killing but they were later cleared at trial. Three years on from the tragedy, Carl’s mother Pat Tindall is still desperate for answers.

The 74-year-old, of Hixon, told the Express & Star: “I will never get over it as long as I live. I don’t know how the people who did this can close their eyes to sleep at night.”

Jamie Sleigh, aged 37, of St. John’s Road in Cannock at the time, was charged with manslaughter following his death.

Mr Tindall’s former girlfriend Sarah Hurmson, her sister Louise Hurmson, both then of Heath Hayes, along with Anthony Boddison, of St. Peter’s Gardens Stafford, were charged of assisting an offender. A jury cleared all four of all the charges.

Mrs Tindall still visits her son’s grave each day and the family will be holding a private candlelit vigil at 7pm today – the time the life support machine at Royal Stoke University Hospital was turned off with his family by his bedside.

She added: “I’m not giving up. I won’t give up until the day I die.”

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“It’s so hard but I will carry on fighting. And we will get them.

Mrs Tindall is appealing for anyone with information to come forward and help track down his killers.

Pat Tandall is appealing for support to catch his killer

And a £10,000 reward for any information that leads to a successful prosecution still stands.

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With Carl’s niece Charlotte at her side, Mrs Tindell, explained: “It will never bring him back but getting justice would help – it would give us that closure.

“They’re out there leading their normal lives. It makes me feel terrible... awful.

“If there is anybody who knows anything at all and could come forward. Any little thing would help.”

Mr Tindall, a big Everton fan and golfer, worked for property agent Foxtons in London before his tragic death.

He had a fractured skull and suffered a brain haemorrhage and died in hospital two days after being found at the side of the road in Stafford.

After the trial Detective Inspector Glyn Pattinson from Staffordshire Police, paid tribute to Mrs Tindall and her family saying: “Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to Carl’s family who have shown great courage and dignity during this most difficult of times.

“Their love for Carl was clear for everybody to see.”

Ahead of a family candlelit vigil at 7pm this evening – the time the life support machine at Royal Stoke University Hospital was turned off with his family by his bedside – Mrs Tindall said: “Seeing doctors turn off his life support machine was one of the hardest thing anyone can ever have to do.

“I’ve lost my son. I will never get over it – he was such a lovely lad. He was so popular and did not deserve it.

“He just did not deserve it. I just plead with the public to speak out and tell us something.

“Even those who did it, just have that heart to come forward. There’s got to be people out there that know – they would have told somebody. It’s so hard but I will carry on fighting.

“And we will get them.”

Anyone with information about the tragedy should contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 899 of August 22, 2015.

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@expressandstar.co.uk or call 01902 319482.

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