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Father sets up support group for families still seeking justice after son was shot dead two decades ago

ByJulie J. Helfer

Dec 22, 2021

The father of a man from Grantham who was shot dead over 20 years ago has set up a support group for families still awaiting justice.

In 2000, Mark Corley was shot dead in a field near Darlington, and his killers were never arrested.

Mark’s father Tony Corley started MURDER no JUSTICE, a group that will help support families who have lost loved ones to murder.

Tony Corley has set up a support group. (15437158)

Tony said: “No one should take someone’s life and just break free.

“There is not enough support there; I have known that others were leaving and they committed suicide because of the tension and the pressure and how it destroys families.

“It’s just good to talk to someone who has been through similar circumstances.”

He added: “I know it won’t bring their loved ones back, but if they have a 30 minute conversation on the phone, or less, just to let them know that they are not alone.”

Five men appeared in court charged with Mark’s murder, but the case was dismissed by the judge after discovering police illegally wiretapped their conversations with lawyers.

Tony then wrote a book called “More Questions Than Answers?” about Mark and the investigation failures.

One of those who were helped by Tony is Stacey Allan, whose sister, Nikki, was killed 29 years ago at the age of seven.

Nikki was stabbed 37 times before she was found in an abandoned building, but her killer was never found.

Stacey, from Sunderland, said: “Everyone was running around looking for Nikki; there were cops there, everything, it was a shock to see for an 8 year old and I remember going to my grandfather’s and then waking up and hearing that they had found Nikki’s body the next day. “

She continued, “One thing I’m sure is that me and my family will never, ever give up.

“I want people to know over there, who are suffering, that they are not alone.

“It’s really good to have someone there, it’s actually good for me to tell someone else about it; I find that very heartwarming.”

Regarding Mark’s murder, a Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “A review is held periodically, in accordance with force policy.

“If any further evidence or information is forthcoming, discussions will take place with the Crown Prosecution Service and every effort will be made to move the case forward. “

Tony and Stacey have teamed up to run the association, and anyone needing help can contact them at [email protected]