THE family of a wealthy Castleford market trader murdered by her son-in-law claim fresh evidence has come to light as they continue a fight to clear his name.
Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of 73-year-old grandmother Molly Wright’s murder at her home in Redhill Gardens, Castleford.
Her son-in-law David Hill, who was jailed for life with a minimum 14 year term in 2008 after a Leeds Crown Court trial, continues to claim he is innocent of bludgeoning her to death.
Molly Wright’s daughters Jill Northwood and Maxine Hill - David Hill’s wife – are backing him.
They say a new witness has come forward and The Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) is considering an application to carry out a new review into the case. A 2012 review application was rejected.
Jill Northwood said: “It’s eight years since my mum died and not a day goes by when I don’t think about it. I still believe the murderer of my mum is out there.”
Private investigator Andy Brown – a former West Yorkshire Police assistant chief constable – is looking into Hill’s conviction on the family’s behalf. He said: “We have new evidence from a witness who says they saw a suspicious man outside Molly’s home that was not David Hill. Another five witnesses have now come forward and the CCRC has agreed to reconsider the case.” A spokesman for the CCRC said: “We do have an application for David Hill and it is being considered.”
Hill’s trial heard he had concealed debts of around £20,000. Prosecutors claimed he killed Mrs Wright after losing his temper when she discovered he had been siphoning money from a joint bank account for the card and toy business they shared at Castleford indoor market.