The mother of a woman whose murder two decades ago remains an unsolved cold case is pleading for a mystery ‘schoolboy’ to come forward.
Victim Susan Kelly’s mum believes he could have be a witness to her daughter’s brutal killing 21 years ago.
Detectives have made a fresh appeal for information about the murder of the 38-year-old whose mutilated body was found in a north Liverpool alleyway.
A dog walker found Susan’s body on September 2 2000, in an alley off Blessington Road, in Anfield. She had suffered multiple injuries.
A man was charged with Susan’s murder in 2003, when a court heard that her throat had been cut with a small piece of pottery.
However the case was dismissed before the end of a trial by order of the judge, Mr Justice Douglas Brown.
Speaking last year on what was the 20th anniversary of the murder, Susan’s mother Cathy Kelly attached importance to a boy who may have witnessed her daughter’s death.
Mrs Kelly, from Bootle, said that the day after her daughter’s body was found she visited the crime scene and spoke to a group of sex workers stood nearby.
One of the sex workers suggested that her own 12-year-old son might have information about what happened. Mrs Kelly said that the boy described a row between a man and a number of women.
She said: “He heard a load of women arguing, and women crying on the entry. The next thing a fella said ‘you have just f****** seen her haven’t you? That’s what will happen to you if you don’t keep your mouth shut.”
Mrs Kelly said the boy appeared terrified and would not speak directly to the police, but detectives were told what he had said and made efforts to try and trace the crying women.
Mrs Kelly said she remembered seeing a report on television about the discovery of a woman’s body in Anfield.
Relatives then came around to her house and informed her that the victim was her daughter.
She said: “The next thing there was a knock on the door and it was our Bill (Susan’s brother) and his wife. I said ‘oh hello, it’s not like you to call this late.’
“He said ‘sit down Mum’. I knew right away there was something wrong. He said ‘have you been watching the telly?’ I said ‘yeah?’
“He said ‘have you seen the news?’ and as soon as he mentioned the news I knew. I said ‘no, it wasn’t her’ and he said it was.”
Susan aspired to one day work with disabled people.
She entered into a steady relationship and a had baby boy in 1982.
Susan was a devoted mum until her then-partner became involved in drug crime.
Susan’s mum said her daughter’s mental health began to deteriorate after a group of violent criminals broke into her flat looking for drugs and cash.
Mrs Kelly said that after this ordeal Susan was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and entered into a series of chaotic and dysfunctional relationships with other men.
Mrs Kelly said that her daughter became a drug addict and had dabbled in sex work.
Police have now issued a fresh appeal for information about the case.
Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said: “Time is no barrier to bringing someone to justice.
“I would urge anyone with information about the murder of Susan Kelly who hasn’t already spoken to police to come forward and speak to us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.
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