Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Simon Holdsworth killing: World 'ripped apart' by fiancé's death

Simon Holdsworth
Image caption Police have released this picture of Simon Holdsworth

The fiancée of a man found dead in a field said his death had ripped her world apart, as police appealed for help to find the murder weapon.

Paint sprayer Simon Holdsworth, 36, was found on Tuesday off Birley Spa Lane in Hackenthorpe, near Rainbow Forge Primary and the Hogs Head pub.

A post-mortem examination has revealed he died from severe head injuries.

His partner Carleen McKeown said: "Simon was my rock, a bright shining light in my life."

She added: "This has ripped us all apart.

"Simon was a good man, he loved his football and he loved fishing. But most of all, he was a family man.

"He had played football and gone sledging on that field, as well as walking through it regularly on his way home from work."

'Viciously attacked'

Mr Holdsworth's mother Christine said: "I can't understand it. He would never hurt anybody himself so why would anybody do this to him?

"I never thought I would know what a broken heart felt like but I do now.

"I just want somebody to try and help us."

South Yorkshire Police said they had not established a motive for the killing and appealed for people living in the Hackenthorpe area to search their gardens for evidence.

Temporary Det Supt Phil Etheridge said: "From the initial inquires we've made, we can't find a reason why Simon came to be so viciously attacked at that location."

'Weapons or discarded clothes'

Mr Holdsworth left his place of work in the Intake area of Sheffield at about 22:55 GMT on Monday before boarding a number 120 First Bus about five minutes later, from a stop close to the Noah's Ark pub in Mansfield Road.

Mr Etheridge appealed for anyone who was on the bus to come forward and released a CCTV image of Mr Holdsworth on board.

He added: "My second appeal is for people who live in that area, surrounding the school playing field and elsewhere in Hackenthorpe to check their gardens and hedgerows.

"I'm looking specifically for weapons or discarded clothes or anything else that doesn't look right in the context of a murder investigation."

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