Murder dad died mile from wife’s parents’ home
A MAN believed to have killed his wife and children in Yorkshire travelled across the country to his death on an Anglesey cliff less than a mile from the home of her parents.
Kieran and Annie Markey, who are believed to have moved to the Holyhead area more than 10 years ago, live near the spot at South Stack where Paul Newman was found on Tuesday.
The 44-year-old is believed to have killed his wife Geraldine and their children Shannon, 11, and Shane, six, at their home in Allerton Bywater.
Mrs Markey and her husband, who are both in their 70s, were too upset to talk. There is no suggestion that Newman intended to harm them.
It is understood officers are investigating the possibility the suspected killer made the 170-mile journey from West Yorkshire to Holyhead by rail.
Holyhead mayor J V Owen expressed the community’s shock and condolences following the harrowing news.
“The family has lived here for a few years now and seem like a nice but reserved family who tend to keep themselves to themselves,” he said.
“On behalf of the people of Holyhead I’d like to offer my sincere condolences during what must be a terrible time for the whole family.”
Holyhead newsagent Ian Ashworth, who runs the Chocolate Box on the high street, said: “It’s been a major talking point in the town.
“It’s certainly not something you expect to happen on your doorstep. It’s been a shock.”
Alun Roberts of Môn Communities First, also based in Holyhead, said: “Your heart just goes out to the poor innocent victims in all of this.
“It may be a cliche, but this kind of thing doesn’t happen often in this part of the world.
“There’s not much we can do really, apart from offer our sincere condolences to the family.”
Geraldine Newman, 51, with daughter Shannon (main), the 11-year-old with brother Shane, six (left), and South Stack where PaulNewman was found dead (below)