Police hunt murder suspect

Gazette: Suspect Michael Donnelly Suspect Michael Donnelly

A FAMILY are pleading for justice after a beloved father was murdered in Colchester.
 

Grant Byrom, 30, was killed on Boxing Day 1998, in Forest Road, Greenstead.
 

Nobody has ever been arrested.
 

For seven-and-a-half months they waited for a funeral, for seven years they waited for an inquest and now they have been waiting 15 years for justice.
 

Today Essex Police released a picture of the man wanted on suspicion of the murder - Michael Donnelly.
 

Daughter Tanya, who is now 25 and a mother herself, said: “It is still painful.
 

“Everyone wants their parents to be there at Christmas.
 

“I remember he was a brilliant dad who did his best.
 

“We did not have a lot of money. I remember him giving me two and one pennies to get a pint of milk.
 

“When Mum told us he had been murdered I ran and jumped on my Grandad’s lap screaming ‘get me my Dad’.
 

“We still want justice. There is someone out there who has murdered my dad who thinks they have got away with it.
 

“My mum has been fantastic but I am a Daddy’s girl.”
 

The family, including former partner Suzanne and Grant’s son Dean, 22, who all still live in Colchester, visit his grave every Boxing Day and light a candle in memory of the man they will never forget.
 

On the day he died Mr Byrom - or Granny as he was known by many - had been playing football before getting into a scuffle in the Clarendon Pub, Harwich Road.
 

He later went to Forest Road and was confronted by three men, one of whom stabbed him in the chest.
 

The attackers fled and Mr Byrom died from his wounds at Colchester General Hospital.
 

Former partner Suzanne said: “All we have are our memories and no chance of new ones.
 

“I see him in his kid’s every day. Dean walks and talks like him and Tanya has his smile.
 

“I sometimes feel I have failed them, not getting them justice.”
 

The family were visited by Det Insp Anne Cameron on Friday who promised to do all she could to bring his killer to justice.
 

Suzanne said: “She has given us hope. They are not saying they will get him but they will do everything they can which is all we can ask.
 

“They have given us hope we have not had for 15 years.
 

“I want to thank the Gazette for getting this going again and the CID for trying.”
 

Det Insp Cameron said: “A murder case is never filed away and we are still actively trying to progress this investigation.
 

“It has been 15 years since Grant Byrom was murdered in Colchester and his family along with the community have the right to see justice for this callous act.
 

“Michael Seamus Donnelly is wanted on suspicion of murder and although detectives do make regular enquiries to trace him we are advised that he no longer lives in England.
 

“We are keen to locate Mr Donnelly and want to hear from anyone who has any information about his whereabouts.
 

“We would also like to hear from anyone, who has not yet spoken to police, with further information about the murder of Mr Byrom.”
 

A photograph of Michael Donnelly has been released but is 15 years old.
 

Anyone who can help should contact Essex Police on 101 or call Colchester Major Crime office on 01206 576845.
 

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 


 

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5:57pm Mon 30 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Put the photo and details on national television news would be a good start.
Put the photo and details on national television news would be a good start. stevedawson

6:28pm Mon 30 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Crime watch although some people are suggesting the culprit is abroad!
Crime watch although some people are suggesting the culprit is abroad! totallyfootball

12:06am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

Don't hold your breath for justice to be served the police couldn't catch a cold.
Don't hold your breath for justice to be served the police couldn't catch a cold. Mind your own business

7:24am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Mind your own business wrote:
Don't hold your breath for justice to be served the police couldn't catch a cold.
It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. If he'd been a black, gay, lesbian, woman, in a wheel chair, the police would have moved heaven and earth to find the killer. But because he was an openly Nazi, white supremacist, the communist Colchester police don't care.

Anyway, Gazette, whenever you publish 'Granny's' photograph, is it always deliberately out of focus, to hide the 'Skrewdriver' tattoo across his forehead? Are you trying to censor his belief in racist violence, from us? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Still, what I find so shocking, is that somebody involved with this sort of politics, came to such a violent end. Who'd have thought of a Nazi?
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: Don't hold your breath for justice to be served the police couldn't catch a cold.[/p][/quote]It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. If he'd been a black, gay, lesbian, woman, in a wheel chair, the police would have moved heaven and earth to find the killer. But because he was an openly Nazi, white supremacist, the communist Colchester police don't care. Anyway, Gazette, whenever you publish 'Granny's' photograph, is it always deliberately out of focus, to hide the 'Skrewdriver' tattoo across his forehead? Are you trying to censor his belief in racist violence, from us? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Still, what I find so shocking, is that somebody involved with this sort of politics, came to such a violent end. Who'd have thought of a Nazi? Mail Member 4 Colchester

8:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

I met Granny a few times and whatever people thought he stood for he never forced his beliefs on any one, but the question has to be asked did he make a few enemies in the police and hence the lacklustre approach to finding his killer? 15 years is a disgrace, they chase drug barons abroad don't they?
I met Granny a few times and whatever people thought he stood for he never forced his beliefs on any one, but the question has to be asked did he make a few enemies in the police and hence the lacklustre approach to finding his killer? 15 years is a disgrace, they chase drug barons abroad don't they? totallyfootball

9:39am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

totallyfootball wrote:
I met Granny a few times and whatever people thought he stood for he never forced his beliefs on any one, but the question has to be asked did he make a few enemies in the police and hence the lacklustre approach to finding his killer? 15 years is a disgrace, they chase drug barons abroad don't they?
Yes, I always admired his subtlety, such as the 'Skrewdriver; forehead, tattoo!
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: I met Granny a few times and whatever people thought he stood for he never forced his beliefs on any one, but the question has to be asked did he make a few enemies in the police and hence the lacklustre approach to finding his killer? 15 years is a disgrace, they chase drug barons abroad don't they?[/p][/quote]Yes, I always admired his subtlety, such as the 'Skrewdriver; forehead, tattoo! Mail Member 4 Colchester

12:03pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Mr.Jon.A.Vencato says...

I met grant on a number of occasions in passing and he was always very polite and cordial to me.
Never a word out of place or any disconcertion displayed.
I respected the chaps beliefs for what he was trying to purvey.

Grant was a part of the community and had a role to play in the town's character and make up.

Some of these comments above, appear to be tinged with a taste of vitriol and bitterness by other posters.

The culprit will be caught, it is just a question of time and good detective work, by Police.
I met grant on a number of occasions in passing and he was always very polite and cordial to me. Never a word out of place or any disconcertion displayed. I respected the chaps beliefs for what he was trying to purvey. Grant was a part of the community and had a role to play in the town's character and make up. Some of these comments above, appear to be tinged with a taste of vitriol and bitterness by other posters. The culprit will be caught, it is just a question of time and good detective work, by Police. Mr.Jon.A.Vencato

1:10pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

I am genuinely shocked at the way my comments have been misinterpreted. Of course, the fact that Jon respected the chap's beliefs, speaks volumes about Jon. Grant wasn't like the cowardly, modern day, Nazis, of the sort you'd find in the EDL, Grant openly admired Hitler, and didn't shy away from his belief in 'white power'. This sort of honesty shames Tommy Robinson. And he did it with all the subtlety you'd expect from somebody who wanted the world to know his views, by brandishing them across his face. In tribute, here's the Skrewdriver classic, 'White Power'.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=9OJK1ZfuL
nQ

And who could ever forget, 'Voice of Britain'. They look like such nice people in the video, and not at all like the sort of people who come to violent ends.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=ij-PqMA6_
f4
I am genuinely shocked at the way my comments have been misinterpreted. Of course, the fact that Jon respected the chap's beliefs, speaks volumes about Jon. Grant wasn't like the cowardly, modern day, Nazis, of the sort you'd find in the EDL, Grant openly admired Hitler, and didn't shy away from his belief in 'white power'. This sort of honesty shames Tommy Robinson. And he did it with all the subtlety you'd expect from somebody who wanted the world to know his views, by brandishing them across his face. In tribute, here's the Skrewdriver classic, 'White Power'. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=9OJK1ZfuL nQ And who could ever forget, 'Voice of Britain'. They look like such nice people in the video, and not at all like the sort of people who come to violent ends. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=ij-PqMA6_ f4 Mail Member 4 Colchester

2:12pm Wed 1 Jan 14

smokey69 says...

i am the partner of grant byrom (granny) I understand every bodys comments but please let me explain, on the day gran was killed (murdered) to this day no one has knocked my door and told me or my children, it took his friends to call me late that night to say what had happened, how do you sit 2 childrendown age10 and 7 years old and tell them daddy has gone?, this was my worst night mare, for 7 and a half months I fort to the Colchester police to let grans body be released and for me and my children and my family to to lay gran to rest, this did happen after 7 and half months of calling the police and begging them to let him go. With the help of my family we paid for the funeral and I hope I done gran proud, at no time did anyone come and say we can help you sue, so I got on with it it took me 5 years to pay for gran head stone but I done this with the help of my family, then for 7 and a half years I bd begged for an inquest to grannys death, still at no time did the police come and speak to me or even offer help for my children or me, they where hurting as you can understand they where only 10 and 7 at the time, I got my inquest and even the court was shocked as to the police never knocking my door to even tell me what had happened, the court told the cid they must keep in contact with me but sadly never did, so I fight on and now its 15years they knock my door and say we are here to reopen the death of grant byrom, 15years on well my children are 25 and 22 years old now and its a little to late but if there is hope we will hold on to this and pray the person will be caught and charged, its been a long hard fight but I wont stop till I get justice for gran my soulmate my love the farther of my children, and yes gran did have screwdriver on his head and he always listen to screwdriver but as time went on he changed he was a gentle giant and always loved to help his friends and family so please if ane knows of the where abouts please please please let the police know as this is are hope me and grans children and family have been waiting for thank you sue x
i am the partner of grant byrom (granny) I understand every bodys comments but please let me explain, on the day gran was killed (murdered) to this day no one has knocked my door and told me or my children, it took his friends to call me late that night to say what had happened, how do you sit 2 childrendown age10 and 7 years old and tell them daddy has gone?, this was my worst night mare, for 7 and a half months I fort to the Colchester police to let grans body be released and for me and my children and my family to to lay gran to rest, this did happen after 7 and half months of calling the police and begging them to let him go. With the help of my family we paid for the funeral and I hope I done gran proud, at no time did anyone come and say we can help you sue, so I got on with it it took me 5 years to pay for gran head stone but I done this with the help of my family, then for 7 and a half years I bd begged for an inquest to grannys death, still at no time did the police come and speak to me or even offer help for my children or me, they where hurting as you can understand they where only 10 and 7 at the time, I got my inquest and even the court was shocked as to the police never knocking my door to even tell me what had happened, the court told the cid they must keep in contact with me but sadly never did, so I fight on and now its 15years they knock my door and say we are here to reopen the death of grant byrom, 15years on well my children are 25 and 22 years old now and its a little to late but if there is hope we will hold on to this and pray the person will be caught and charged, its been a long hard fight but I wont stop till I get justice for gran my soulmate my love the farther of my children, and yes gran did have screwdriver on his head and he always listen to screwdriver but as time went on he changed he was a gentle giant and always loved to help his friends and family so please if ane knows of the where abouts please please please let the police know as this is are hope me and grans children and family have been waiting for thank you sue x smokey69

6:21pm Wed 1 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

smokey69 wrote:
i am the partner of grant byrom (granny) I understand every bodys comments but please let me explain, on the day gran was killed (murdered) to this day no one has knocked my door and told me or my children, it took his friends to call me late that night to say what had happened, how do you sit 2 childrendown age10 and 7 years old and tell them daddy has gone?, this was my worst night mare, for 7 and a half months I fort to the Colchester police to let grans body be released and for me and my children and my family to to lay gran to rest, this did happen after 7 and half months of calling the police and begging them to let him go. With the help of my family we paid for the funeral and I hope I done gran proud, at no time did anyone come and say we can help you sue, so I got on with it it took me 5 years to pay for gran head stone but I done this with the help of my family, then for 7 and a half years I bd begged for an inquest to grannys death, still at no time did the police come and speak to me or even offer help for my children or me, they where hurting as you can understand they where only 10 and 7 at the time, I got my inquest and even the court was shocked as to the police never knocking my door to even tell me what had happened, the court told the cid they must keep in contact with me but sadly never did, so I fight on and now its 15years they knock my door and say we are here to reopen the death of grant byrom, 15years on well my children are 25 and 22 years old now and its a little to late but if there is hope we will hold on to this and pray the person will be caught and charged, its been a long hard fight but I wont stop till I get justice for gran my soulmate my love the farther of my children, and yes gran did have screwdriver on his head and he always listen to screwdriver but as time went on he changed he was a gentle giant and always loved to help his friends and family so please if ane knows of the where abouts please please please let the police know as this is are hope me and grans children and family have been waiting for thank you sue x
Your words tell of a total injustice, the police in many forces are not fit for purpose and some even have a criminal record but all of that means nothing but not seeing a case through or handling it properly is not to be excused. You and your family have been deeply wronged I just hope that this police campaign is not full of false hope or for the benefit of some to ease their consciences. I have already said that Granny had his beliefs after all this is a free country but I never found him trying to preach, he was a very proud man and respected by many and your family have been robbed of a good man! RIP Granny.
[quote][p][bold]smokey69[/bold] wrote: i am the partner of grant byrom (granny) I understand every bodys comments but please let me explain, on the day gran was killed (murdered) to this day no one has knocked my door and told me or my children, it took his friends to call me late that night to say what had happened, how do you sit 2 childrendown age10 and 7 years old and tell them daddy has gone?, this was my worst night mare, for 7 and a half months I fort to the Colchester police to let grans body be released and for me and my children and my family to to lay gran to rest, this did happen after 7 and half months of calling the police and begging them to let him go. With the help of my family we paid for the funeral and I hope I done gran proud, at no time did anyone come and say we can help you sue, so I got on with it it took me 5 years to pay for gran head stone but I done this with the help of my family, then for 7 and a half years I bd begged for an inquest to grannys death, still at no time did the police come and speak to me or even offer help for my children or me, they where hurting as you can understand they where only 10 and 7 at the time, I got my inquest and even the court was shocked as to the police never knocking my door to even tell me what had happened, the court told the cid they must keep in contact with me but sadly never did, so I fight on and now its 15years they knock my door and say we are here to reopen the death of grant byrom, 15years on well my children are 25 and 22 years old now and its a little to late but if there is hope we will hold on to this and pray the person will be caught and charged, its been a long hard fight but I wont stop till I get justice for gran my soulmate my love the farther of my children, and yes gran did have screwdriver on his head and he always listen to screwdriver but as time went on he changed he was a gentle giant and always loved to help his friends and family so please if ane knows of the where abouts please please please let the police know as this is are hope me and grans children and family have been waiting for thank you sue x[/p][/quote]Your words tell of a total injustice, the police in many forces are not fit for purpose and some even have a criminal record but all of that means nothing but not seeing a case through or handling it properly is not to be excused. You and your family have been deeply wronged I just hope that this police campaign is not full of false hope or for the benefit of some to ease their consciences. I have already said that Granny had his beliefs after all this is a free country but I never found him trying to preach, he was a very proud man and respected by many and your family have been robbed of a good man! RIP Granny. totallyfootball

11:22pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Mr.Jon.A.Vencato says...

Mail Member 4 Colchester wrote:
I am genuinely shocked at the way my comments have been misinterpreted. Of course, the fact that Jon respected the chap's beliefs, speaks volumes about Jon. Grant wasn't like the cowardly, modern day, Nazis, of the sort you'd find in the EDL, Grant openly admired Hitler, and didn't shy away from his belief in 'white power'. This sort of honesty shames Tommy Robinson. And he did it with all the subtlety you'd expect from somebody who wanted the world to know his views, by brandishing them across his face. In tribute, here's the Skrewdriver classic, 'White Power'.

http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=9OJK1ZfuL

nQ

And who could ever forget, 'Voice of Britain'. They look like such nice people in the video, and not at all like the sort of people who come to violent ends.

http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=ij-PqMA6_

f4
Thank you indeed Mail Member 4 Colchester, for those very kind words, I did not wish to cause any disconcertion in what I was trying to say.

If its any consolation to both yourself and Grants wife Sue, My sister Sophia whom Grant new from the Whole In The Wall, was killed in London in 2004. The idiots involved in that situation literally got away with Murder.

Sophia was 33 years old living in Kensington and highly successful, running her own business and had her own property.
The case took 3 years to get to an Inquest, the coroners officer a retired Met Police Inspector died himself half way through the 3 year wait.

The Inquest was a whitewash.

The pain my mum and dad went through was unbearable to witness. It killed my dad, my mothers life in retirement was ruined.

This year some idiot poisoned my 18 year old son with a spiked cake, he is allergic to illicit drugs, especially ones that are grown to toxic levels, he may have the rare AKT1 Gene which can be lethal to illicit drug exposure.
He has been in an out of a catatonic state, for the last 8 and half months.

The Police's response is that they cannot arrest for questioning without hard evidence.

I have done most of the donkey work myself piecing together the sleuthing required and its still not good enough.
You can get the feeling on some occasions that Police can be nothing more than a clean up squad after the event.

I was innocently involved in a case 13 years ago where a drug villain from London shot my car up in Lexden, then attacked me around 10 months later with a Samurai sword in the street.
It took ages for Police to cotton on as to what was going on, I had not got a clue, why I was targeted and still do not, to this very day
Eventually the assailant was caught with thousands of pounds of drugs in his car and other items, after a high speed police chase.

It is very difficult for authorities to piece together cases especially when evidence becomes time lapsed or distorted in any way.

It can be very frustrating and painful across the board.

During my service in the forces, I worked with an old detective of some repute.
He told me this motto or M.O. Of Criminals it may help.

In nearly all cases :
The criminal nearly always returns to the scene of the crime :
The crime is committed again, by the criminal a second time:

It is words from that old boy that have rung in my ears for over 30 years.
Rest assured its a question of the murderer making a simple mistake for him to surface and be exposed. It will happen:

Until then the hearts of our family go out to Sue and her family

Take Care Happy new year Jon +
Mr Jon A Vencato:
[quote][p][bold]Mail Member 4 Colchester[/bold] wrote: I am genuinely shocked at the way my comments have been misinterpreted. Of course, the fact that Jon respected the chap's beliefs, speaks volumes about Jon. Grant wasn't like the cowardly, modern day, Nazis, of the sort you'd find in the EDL, Grant openly admired Hitler, and didn't shy away from his belief in 'white power'. This sort of honesty shames Tommy Robinson. And he did it with all the subtlety you'd expect from somebody who wanted the world to know his views, by brandishing them across his face. In tribute, here's the Skrewdriver classic, 'White Power'. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=9OJK1ZfuL nQ And who could ever forget, 'Voice of Britain'. They look like such nice people in the video, and not at all like the sort of people who come to violent ends. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=ij-PqMA6_ f4[/p][/quote]Thank you indeed Mail Member 4 Colchester, for those very kind words, I did not wish to cause any disconcertion in what I was trying to say. If its any consolation to both yourself and Grants wife Sue, My sister Sophia whom Grant new from the Whole In The Wall, was killed in London in 2004. The idiots involved in that situation literally got away with Murder. Sophia was 33 years old living in Kensington and highly successful, running her own business and had her own property. The case took 3 years to get to an Inquest, the coroners officer a retired Met Police Inspector died himself half way through the 3 year wait. The Inquest was a whitewash. The pain my mum and dad went through was unbearable to witness. It killed my dad, my mothers life in retirement was ruined. This year some idiot poisoned my 18 year old son with a spiked cake, he is allergic to illicit drugs, especially ones that are grown to toxic levels, he may have the rare AKT1 Gene which can be lethal to illicit drug exposure. He has been in an out of a catatonic state, for the last 8 and half months. The Police's response is that they cannot arrest for questioning without hard evidence. I have done most of the donkey work myself piecing together the sleuthing required and its still not good enough. You can get the feeling on some occasions that Police can be nothing more than a clean up squad after the event. I was innocently involved in a case 13 years ago where a drug villain from London shot my car up in Lexden, then attacked me around 10 months later with a Samurai sword in the street. It took ages for Police to cotton on as to what was going on, I had not got a clue, why I was targeted and still do not, to this very day Eventually the assailant was caught with thousands of pounds of drugs in his car and other items, after a high speed police chase. It is very difficult for authorities to piece together cases especially when evidence becomes time lapsed or distorted in any way. It can be very frustrating and painful across the board. During my service in the forces, I worked with an old detective of some repute. He told me this motto or M.O. Of Criminals it may help. In nearly all cases : The criminal nearly always returns to the scene of the crime : The crime is committed again, by the criminal a second time: It is words from that old boy that have rung in my ears for over 30 years. Rest assured its a question of the murderer making a simple mistake for him to surface and be exposed. It will happen: Until then the hearts of our family go out to Sue and her family Take Care Happy new year Jon + Mr Jon A Vencato: Mr.Jon.A.Vencato

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