A GRIEVING father continues to lead the hunt for his son’s killers almost a decade after an illegal police bugging operation wrecked the murder trial.
Tony Corley suffered the worst tragedy imaginable for a parent when his son’s dead body was discovered on remote farmland near Darlington in December 2000.
Mark Corley, a regular visitor to Skegness, was only 23 when he was fatally shot in the head, and had been missing for several months before the devastating news reached his parents.
Five men were arrested in relation to his murder, but when the case came to trial in 2002, the judge threw it out of court after it emerged that the police had illegally bugged the suspects while in custody.
Tony said: “I just feel cheated by the system, the police authorities should protect and serve, instead I feel belittled and devastated.”
In the years that followed, his parents campaigned tirelessly for justice to be met for their son.
Mrs Corley even chained herself to a radiator in a police station, she was so dismayed with the way police had handled the case.
A Police Complaints Authority investigation was held into the botched police operation and a local MP called for ‘serious questions’ to be answered by Lincolnshire Police Force and the Crown Prosecution Service.
But despite the case’s high profile coverage, Mark’s killer remained unpunished and the grief and turmoil of the whole affair eventually led to the break down of the Corley’s marriage. Despite many years elapsing since Mark’s death Tony continues to campaign for justice.
Although Mark was in Grantham around the time of his disappearance, he used to visit Skegness regularly to see his girlfriend and other friends.
For the murder investigation to be reopened and Mark’s killers to be made to pay for their crimes, fresh evidence is needed to shed new light on Mark’s death.
Tony, who now lives in Skegness, hopes that some of Mark’s old friends and acquaintances might still remember something about Mark around the time of his disappearance at the end in 1999.
“Many people in Skegness knew Mark and I’m hoping they might have some new information,” Tony said.
Tony has also written a book about his ordeal called ‘More Questions Than Answers’ that he has published himself to highlight his continuing battle.
l If you have any information contact the police or email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org