Barry Rubery murder: Detectives ask public to search their conscience

Barry Rubery murder poster.

Detectives investigating the murder of Barry Rubery are appealing to local communities for information two years on from his death.

Barry, who was a father and grandfather, was killed at Crossing Cottage on Latteridge Road in Iron Acton sometime overnight on 28th/29th April 2010. He had returned to the property at around 10:45pm after attending a Masons’ dinner at a lodge in the area.

After letting himself through the gate of his property he was attacked and as a result sustained significant injuries to his head.

Officers believe that those responsible may have been waiting for him as he never made it into his home.

Today, on the second anniversary of Barry’s death, the officer leading the investigation has released an image of a footprint that was left at the scene. The sole of the shoe is likely to be from a trainer, possibly of a Nike brand.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Carter who is leading the investigation said:

“Barry needlessly lost his life two years ago and I am determined to find those responsible for this violent crime.

“Having come onto the inquiry only a few months ago and having met Barry’s family I can tell you that the grief they feel is as raw today as it was two years. They need to understand why their father and grandfather died at the hands of these people.”

“We have a team of more than 20 people still working on this investigation; meticulously sifting through the hundreds of statements that were taken at the time and speaking again with those people who provided information.”

“The investigation has highlighted that it was very rare that Barry’s property was empty when he returned that night. His neighbour who lived on the grounds was not home, his friend had moved out days earlier and his partner had stayed at her own home. I believe someone knew Barry would be alone and that they would not be disturbed.”

“This was a planned attack by a group of people and I would urge those people to think about their families and the life they lead. Your actions will catch up on you and your freedom could be taken away. If your allegiances have changed then you may be able to limit the impact on your life by coming forward and talking to us.”

DCI Carter added:

“We know that Barry had strong links with his local community and those involved in farming and agriculture and we believe someone within these communities may have that vital piece of information that could help solve this murder.”

“Barry was a very private man however we know he was troubled and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have spoken with him in the days before his death. No matter how small you feel any piece of information may be please let us decide if it is relevant. Did he mention any recent business deals, issues with tenants, or even something personal?”

Speaking two years on, his son and daughter Philip and Julie Rubery said:

“It does not feel like two years has passed since Dad was murdered it still feels like this happened just yesterday.

“We try to move on but it’s very hard not knowing why Dad was taken from us in such a violent and horrific way.

“We would ask anyone who may know something, anything that might help to come forward and speak with the police. Please help give us some closure.”

You can contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101. If you prefer, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Footprint found at the scene of the Barry Rubery murder in Iron Acton.

Image: Footprint found at the scene of the Barry Rubery murder in Iron Acton.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police