Clive Wilcox death: Bournemouth dad's killer finally brought to justice after 12 years (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Clive Wilcox death: Bournemouth dad's killer finally brought to justice after 12 years
NEWS of Clive Wilcox’s death shocked the Bournemouth community.
The father-of-two had been enjoying a night out with his wife and friends on a May bank holiday when he was confronted by a large gang of youths and killed.
Detectives launched a murder investigation and never gave up hope that one day they would catch up with prime suspect Scott and bring him to justice.
It is believed the killing was witnessed by a large group of youths aged between 11 and 21 who were thought to be members of the BH9 gang – renowned at the time for incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Police believed many members of the gang were afraid to come forward for fear of repercussions.
After his death, Clive’s devastated family made numerous pleas for his killer and other witnesses to come forward.
In 2001 his father John Wilcox told the Daily Echo: “There is something wrong with the type of people who can do something like this. As far as I am concerned they are sick.
“We are not going to be relieved until we know exactly what happened. Surely there must be some nice people out there who are going to help me and my family.
“There might be fathers like me out there who know something – I would not wish this on any of them. It is devastating.”
Clive served for nine years in the Army and did stints in bomb disposal and in Northern Ireland.
At the time of his death he was worked as a lift engineer with SBS Services, an occupation shared with his younger brother Adam.
For years after Clive’s murder, detectives were no closer to solving the case, largely due to the wall of silence faced by police investigating the crime.
Speaking in 2006, widow Angie Laundon said: “They are old enough now to be grown up and do the right thing.
“Some of them may be married with families of their own – they should try and imagine how Clive’s family feel.”
And on the 10th anniversary of his death in 2011, Angie said: “Surely one of them must have a conscience.
“I can still see the events of that night very clearly in my mind – it might be something they try to forget about but I want closure on this. It is difficult to move forward in some ways.”
In 2001 the Daily Echo joined forces with Clive Wilcox’s family to launch the Clive Wilcox Memorial Fund.
The Bournemouth community banded together to help raise the £20,000 needed to buy a bronchoscope for the intensive therapy unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
The Echo, local stores and crime fighting charity Crimestoppers also raised a substantial reward for information leading to the conviction of Clive’s killer.
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