Fresh appeal in Michaela murder hunt

michaelaCL'Michaela Hague - murdered prostitute
michaelaCL'Michaela Hague - murdered prostitute

A FRESH appeal will be made today (Thursday) for information about the murder of Sheffield prostitute Michaela Hague.

As the 10th anniversary nears, police will join her partner in a renewed bid to trace the man who stabbed her 19 times in the neck and back and left her on waste ground at Spitalfields.

Officers have always kept the case open in the hope that advances in forensic technology or a vital piece of evidence from the public will help them trace the killer of the 25-year-old.

Det Supt Lisa Ray, who is leading the case, and Mick Holmes, Michaela’s partner and father of their son, will make the new appeal for help.

At Mick’s request, he will also meet Richard Twigg for the first time. Then Pc Twigg, he was the first officer at the scene and scrawled a description by Michaela of her attacker on to the palm of his hand. It indicated he was `clean-shaven’ and wore a `wedding ring’.

Michaela was picked up in the Bower Street area after 7pm on November 5, 2001, and was later seen in the Corporation Street area. She was found shortly after 8pm at Spitalfields. Despite the efforts of Pc Twigg, paramedics and hospital staff, Michaela died at the Northern General almost three hours later.

Det Supt Ray said: “I’ve been looking very closely at this case as it approaches its ten-year anniversary and have a team of dedicated investigators that have been reviewing both old lines of inquiry and exploring any new leads.

“I’d appeal for anyone with information, who was in the area that night or even in the days before Michaela’s death to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Tel 296 3713 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.