Frus­trated dad fears po­lice have given up on search for killer

Nine years on, teenager’s killing re­mains a mys­tery

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Break-ins - By Vicky Cas­tle

An Ash­ford teenager’s de­cap­i­tated body was dumped in wood­land and buried un­der branches – but nine years later, his killer has still not been found.

Ash­ley Dighton, 19, was last seen on June 11, 2007, at Sains­bury’s By­brook, and his head­less body was found in wood­land ad­join­ing the nearby War­ren Re­tail Park a month later.

His death re­mains a mys­tery and po­lice have never found his killer.

Ash­ley’s dad, Am­brose Dighton, said he is de­ter­mined to get jus­tice for his son but fears po­lice have given up look­ing for the cul­prit.

He said: “The po­lice are sup­posed to be up­dat­ing me ev­ery month whether or not there’s new in­for­ma­tion, but they’re not even do­ing that now.

“I phoned them two weeks ago and no one has even called me back.

“I am hop­ing that they are go­ing to find some­thing and get this done and dusted, but then we know what the po­lice are like. I don’t re­ally be­lieve in them. They haven’t even found my son’s head.”

Mr Dighton has taken part in video ap­peals, fea­tured in mag­a­zines and even made an ap­pear­ance on The Jeremy Kyle and Tr­isha God­dard shows in a des­per­ate bid to find out what hap­pened to his son.

He vis­ited psy­chic Keith Charles, a for­mer Metropoli­tan Po­lice CID of­fi­cer, who re­vealed in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion about the cir­cum­stances of Ash­ley’s death.

Mr Dighton said: “Keith told us it was a gypsy that got my boy there in the woods and then a non-gypsy that killed him.

“I be­lieve it was a gypsy that got him there be­cause Ash­ley would have trusted him, be­cause we are gyp­sies.

“The psy­chic also said that when he saw that Ash­ley was dead he got the knife and cut his head off.

“I just want it over and done with. I want to find out who has done this to my boy, I want them to go to prison and I want them to leave prison in a box, in their own cof­fin.

“Peo­ple say that I should for­give peo­ple but no, I can’t do that. My boy was a lovely boy, a good laugh and a nice boy. He did not de­serve to get killed and I will get jus­tice for him one day.”

An in­quest into Ash­ley’s death in De­cem­ber 2008 recorded an open ver- dict af­ter the coro­ner heard that his badly de­com­posed body was found cov­ered with branches.

Ash­ford Coro­ner’s Court also heard that one of his ribs and his T-shirt had been re­moved and placed in a plas­tic bag. His head has never been found.

A Kent Po­lice spokesman said there are no new de­vel­op­ments but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still ac­tive.

He said: “The case re­mains un­solved and, as with all un­de­tected cases, Kent Po­lice will ac­tively in­ves­ti­gate any new lines of inquiry.”

Any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion is urged to call po­lice on 101.

‘He did not de­serve to get killed and I will get jus­tice for him one day’

Am­brose Dighton at his son Ash­ley’s grave in Ken­ning­ton ceme­tery

Po­lice dur­ing the search for Ash­ley Dighton in 2007

Me­mo­ri­als were left in the woods

Ash­ley Dighton

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