‘ We would have known’ Family dismisses claims of involvement in cold case mystery as absurd
RELATIVES of John Eastaughffe, a person of interest in the disappearance of Tony Jones, have denied he had any involvement in the almost 35year- old mystery.
Members of the Eastaughffe family were yesterday questioned during an inquest into the cold case about John Eastaughffe’s movements around November 1982, and asked if he had told them he was involved in any way what happened to Mr Jones.
Robert Eastaughffe, who had worked with Kevin Wright, another person of interest in the case, told the inquest it was “ridiculous” to suggest his brother had anything to do with the mystery.
“If John was in any sort of trouble he would have come to me. We were that close,” Robert Eastaughffe said. “I’m aware of the allegations but I think it’s ridiculous, it’s absurd.
“Being his older brother, I’ve inquired and tried to talk to him about it, but it’s something he’s not prepared to dis- in cuss. He wouldn’t sit down and talk to me about this … I was voicing my opinion, but it’s not something he’s discussed.”
Robert Eastaughffe also told the inquest he knew Mr Wright well and had worked with him for a number of years.
“Kevin was a hard bloke to work for. He never physically threatened anybody but he was a hard taskmaster,” he said.
“Kevin was the sort of bloke that had what I call ‘ little man syndrome’, always felt that he had to intimidate people but because of his size he was wasting his time. I don’t think he really meant it, it was just his way of trying to control the crew.
“When he got desperate, he would pull something out of left field to try and hang on … even with work. I’ve been around Kevin at different times when he’s got aggressive with women and said silly things.”
In inquest hearings held last September, two of Mr Wright’s former partners, Natalie Parker and Geraldine LamontStanfield, claimed they were told about an alleged killing.
Ms Parker said Mr Wright had spoken of a fight with “Johnny”, where another man was knocked out.
She claimed Mr Wright told her the pair put the man’s body in the back of a vehicle to get help to dispose of him.
Norma Eastaughffe, John Eastaughffe’s mother, also told the inquest yesterday that her son refused to talk about the disappearance of Mr Jones.
“It’s upset him too much that all this crap is going on and he just says ‘ don’t talk about it’,” she said.
When asked if her son had ever spoken to her about Mr Wright killing a person, she replied “no, that’s ridiculous”.
“We were a close family. If John had done something we would know. Even the ridiculous part about the body being cut up and everything, I did the washing, I would have known,” Mrs Eastaughffe said.
John Eastaughffe and Mr Wright are both scheduled to give evidence to the inquest hearing this week.
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