18 year old Richard Holden was attacked by a man while
riding his bike down a country lane near his home in
Wellington, near Hereford. A knife was held to his throat
and he was partially stripped before the teenager fought off
his attacker by kicking him in the groin.
1988, Malcolm Higgins and his wife, who ran the village
newsagents in Hagley, Worcestershire, alerted the police to
a second attempted abduction.
Paperboy Anthony Dingley was stopped by an 'Afro-Caribbean'
man driving what he later described as a silver Datsun Sunny
A few hours
later a man of a similar description
woman in a local park, while she was walking her dog.
January 1988, Paperboy Stuart Gough turned up to do his
paper round, he was doing two that day, but loaded his bag,
and would return to the shop for the second load.
But, Stuart did
not return for the second round, police were called and a
huge manhunt began, including over 150 police, and aircraft
with thermal imaging, it became a huge national story.
It did not take
police long to link all three incidents, and after a further
interview with Richard Holden, they discovered the car was
actually a silver Colt Sapporo.
discovered that 32 year-old Wolverhampton computer operator
Victor Miller owned such a vehicle. and was a convicted
that tyre marks found at the scene where Holden had been
attacked matched those on Miller's car. Thatmade Miller the
prime suspect in the Stuart Gough murder inquiry.
It was also
established that Miller had been living with another
convicted sex offender, 46 year-old Trevor Peacher, who had
previous convictions for sex crimes committed against young
boys. Miller and Peacher had been sharing a flat in
Pennfields, Wolverhampton, for the last two years. When
first interviewed by police, Peacher gave Miller an alibi.
27th January 1988, ten days after Stuart's
disappearance, a decision was taken to arrest both Miller
1988, After police decided Peacher was not involved,
Miller confessed to the abduction and murder of Stuart
1988, The next morning, Miller, in a convoy of police
cars, took them to Bromsberrow, near Ledbury, close to the
Miller led police to a drainage culvert where they found
Stuart's partially-clothed body.
1988, Miller pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced
to life imprisonment.
Miller is on the home Office
list of prisoners who will serve a 'Whole Life Tariff', see
list here >>