Lack of clo­sure hard to bear

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Unsolved Murders -

Of the hun­dreds of mur­ders that have taken place in Kent since 1960, a to­tal of 54 – al­most one for ev­ery year – re­main un­solved.

That’s 54 fam­i­lies who are yet to re­ceive an­swers about why their loved ones were snatched away.

The vi­o­lent na­ture of the deaths - which in­clude stab­bings, drown­ings, stran­gu­la­tions, shoot­ings and an ex­plo­sion - makes the lack of clo­sure even harder to bear.

Adrian Mil­ner died 12 days af­ter be­ing hit in the face in a bru­tal and un­pro­voked at­tack in Murston just af­ter Christ­mas 2010.

De­spite emo­tional pleas from his fam­ily and two ar­rests shortly af­ter the at­tack, no one was ever charged.

In Thanet, busi­ness­man David O’Leary was gunned down at his home in Ly­d­den in Fe­bru­ary 2008.

The an­guish felt by his fam­ily is plain to see and his fa­ther Dan has dis­played large ap­peal posters ever since his mur­der.

Fa­ther-of-four Danny King was shot dead at his home in Dit­ton while his wife and grand­chil­dren were asleep in the next room.

Po­lice de­scribed the mur­der in Oc­to­ber 2008 as “bru­tal and hor­rific” and re­newed their ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion a year later – to no avail.

Chatham man An­toine De­nis, 66, was found dead in his flat with a sin­gle stab wound in Jan­uary 2010.

Three peo­ple were ar­rested and one was later charged with mur­der, but the case was dropped be­fore it went to trial.

Danny King, shot dead at his home

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