Rawtenstall man: Killers' families need help too

20 October 2009
Lancashire Telegraph

Peter Magill

The son of a notorious child killer who has made a fresh start in Rossendale has called for more support for the families of murderers. Nick Tighe has previously branded his father Ronald Castree, who kidnapped and murdered Rochdale schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in 1975, as “sick and evil”.

Mr Tighe, from Rawtenstall, who changed his name from Castree to sever all ties with his family’s past, has appeared with the Molseed family as part of an ITV crime documentary. And last night he appeared on BBC’s Inside Out programme to call for better understanding for the loved ones of killers.

Mr Tighe, who said he has considered suicide in the past, said:
“Everybody who has to help the police, no matter which side of the family you are, you should be offered counselling.” “You should be able to access it, it shouldn’t be something you have to fund for yourself. I can’t right my dad’s wrongs, I can’t change what he’s done, I can’t put any of that right. “I’m using what has happened to me as a foundation to help other people. Otherwise what’s it all been for?”
Mr Tighe also spoke out after his application to join Greater Manchester Police, which was turned down in last year. He claimed he was rejected because of his family associations and was backed in his case by Rossendale MP Janet Anderson.

Ronald Castree was jailed for 30 years in November 2007 for the schoolgirl’s murder and later had an appeal quashed.

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