HE’D have loved watching his son win the Tour de France and be knighted Sir Bradley Wiggins, Glenda Hughes said of her brother Gary.
Sadly, Gary missed both.
It is five years since Gary Wiggins, Sir Bradley’s father, was found unconscious in an Aberdeen street before he later died in hospital.
Despite a police investigation and an inquest where the coroner said witnesses had lied under oath, no one has been charged.
Mrs Hughes had hoped that Bradley’s victory in last year’s Tour de France and the saturation media coverage it received in Australia and England would dig up that crucial piece of evidence, that key witness who would re-open the case and finally bring justice.
Instead, it resulted in a series of hurtful stories from the British press about Gary’s life as a professional cyclist in the 1970s and his final years living at Muswellbrook.
‘‘I really thought the [media coverage] would help,’’ Mrs Hughes said.
‘‘I was just thinking the other day how proud [Gary] would have been of Bradley’s knighthood.’’
Gary Wiggins, 55, was found unconscious in Segenhoe Street on the morning of January 25, 2008.
He had visited an Aberdeen home the previous evening, with witnesses telling the inquest that they saw Mr Wiggins being dragged from the house and dumped on the ground.
Mr Wiggins lay beside the New England Highway for a short time before a passing motorist tooted their horn, prompting Mr Wiggins to get up and walk away.
The cause of death was a wound to the back of the head, but the coroner was unable to establish whether the injury was inflicted when he was dropped outside the home or from a possible fall in Segenhoe Street.
There was evidence at the inquest that Mr Wiggins was struck by another man and knocked out in the home before he was dragged outside, but no charges, whether they be assault, murder or manslaughter, were ever laid.
‘‘I know that people know things,’’ Mrs Hughes said.
‘‘I just don’t understand how people can lie and be allowed to get away with it.’’
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