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Richard Satchwell claims wife threatened to call 999 if he ever tried track her down

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 08/03/2018 Sandra Murphy

a man wearing glasses © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland The husband of a woman missing since last March has shared how the couple had actually discussed what would happen if she ever ‘got up and left’.

Days after a team of specialists began a search at Mitchel’s Wood in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, Richard Satchwell revealed for the first time how his wife Tina suffered from mental illness.

Sharing how they discussed her walking out, he said: ‘From time to time she had turned around and said that ‘If I ever decide to get up and go and you come after me I will go to the guards.’ But then 20-minutes later she would be like ‘I didn’t really say that.’ It was the way she was.’

Richard Satchwell reveals for the first time how his wife Tina had spoken to him about walking out and how he was not to try and find her. Pic: Ireland AM/TV3

The 45-year-old was reported missing on March 24 — four days after he arrived home from a shopping trip to find her gone — by Richard.

In an interview on Ireland AM on TV3, he said that his wife was suffering from undiagnosed depression when she disappeared but had a fear of being put on anti-depressants.

‘One of Tina’s biggest fears was ever ending up on anti depressants. That was the one thing she made me promise I would never make her have. That was kind of from day one.’

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Claiming to have spoken to her best friend on Monday, Mr Satchwell said that even she did know that Tina was upset and depressed.

‘People who looked at photographs of that Christmas day (before she went missing) who know her said you can see the upset in her eyes.

‘When you are living so close to it you don’t see everything that is going on.’

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As the search in Cork goes into their third day, Mr Satchwell said that he feels ‘lost’ without his ‘best friend’ of 29-years.

Telling TV viewers that there was no sign that there was anything wrong in the days running up to her disappearance, he said: ‘One week after she went away I went to a local car boot sale and a lot of the people from the car boot sale told me that she was going around the car boot sale on the Sunday (before she disappeared) saying ‘I love Richard I would never do anything to hurt him.’ That was the day before.

‘One minute she could be sitting down laughing and the next she could be crying.’

a group of people walking down a dirt road: VIDEO: Richard Satchwell TV Interview: 'Tina Discussing Walking Away' © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland VIDEO: Richard Satchwell TV Interview: 'Tina Discussing Walking Away'

Insisting that ‘everything was good’ between them and had their ‘best Christmas ever’ before their disappearance, he said that he had no idea that she was feeling down at the time.

However, he thinks that she needed to ‘get out’ and take time out, just like he did in 2002, when he moved to England to take time out for himself.

‘There is a lot of stuff happened over a spell of 10 or 12 years within the family which one step on top of the other was beginning to weigh down on Tina herself,’ Mr Satchwell suggested.

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Claiming she left with two suitcases and a large sum of cash from the sale of a house in Fermoy after he returned from a trip to Aldi, he said that he is baffled by her disappearance.

Asked why she still hasn’t got in touch despite all his TV appeals, Mr Satchwell said he is ‘not mentally strong enough to cope’ to even think about her not being alive.

Waiting by the phone for the guards to ring with information at every hour of the day and night, he said he ‘originally felt like a suspect’ but said he does not feel like one anymore.

a teddy bear: VIDEO: Richard Satchwell TV Interview: 'Tina Discussing Walking Away' © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland VIDEO: Richard Satchwell TV Interview: 'Tina Discussing Walking Away'

‘I went in of my own accord and made a statement, and I was an emotional mess, and did more crying and talk. I am in constant contact with them [the gardai],’ he said.

Unsure why she wouldn’t contact him if she was still alive, Mr Satchwell he has to keep that spark of hope alive.

‘I know there’s someone out there who had to help her out of Youghal, and that person should be ashamed for putting her family and me through the stress of this all,’ he said in a direct appeal.

a black dog standing on grass: VIDEO: Richard Satchwell TV Interview: 'Tina Discussing Walking Away' © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland VIDEO: Richard Satchwell TV Interview: 'Tina Discussing Walking Away'

Gardai and specialised dog team pictured at the site of the Tina Satchwell search operation at Mitchel’s Wood outside Castlemartyr, east Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Tina has been missing since March 20, 2017 after she apparently left her home in Youghal, Co. Cork with €26,000 in cash and two suitcases.

Last July, Mr Satchwell contacted gardaí to say he had found two suitcases which looked like ones belonging to Tina at a clothes bank in the Tesco carpark in Youghal.

Following DNA analysis detectives are now satisfied that they did not belong to Ms Satchwell and are not linked to her or her disappearance.

Gardai have appealed members of the public who may have noticed activity at the wood this time last year to come forward.

They can be contacted at Midleton Garda Station at 021 462 1550 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 66611.

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