10 Mar, 2010 @ 18:00
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Catch my son’s killer

A MOTHER has made an emotional appeal to help track down the killer who left her son dying in her arms.

Candy Dawson believes James Walter Tomkins, 60, is hiding out on the Costa del Sol after he allegedly slayed her son Rocky Dawson, 24, for no apparent reason in 2006.

Police have named Tomkins – also known as Jimbles – as one of the UK’s ‘Most Wanted’ criminals.

But despite Crimestoppers insisting he has links to both Marbella and Fuengirola, as well as Benidorm, he has not yet been caught.

Desperate mother Candy Dawson, from Essex, told of her determination to catch Tomkins.

“I have contacted you because I am desperate,” she said in an emotional interview.

“I cannot put my son to rest and I’m willing to do anything to catch this monster.

“As a mother I cannot let this person get away with what they have done to my family and his two children.”

Her son was shot in the back a number of times, in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Horrifically, his children watched as he was gunned down outside his mother’s house in Hornchurch, Essex.

His mother explained: “My son had been visiting me and was putting his little boy, Rocky, into the back seat of his car when he was shot in the back.

“He came back into the house and said: ‘Mum I’ve been shot’, before collapsing.

“He died minutes later in my arms.”

A swift police investigation eventually led police to arrest of Christopher Pearman, 56, who was convicted of his murder in 2007.

However, his accomplice has never been found and police want to quiz Tomkins.

International director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), David Armond, said many criminals like Tomkins could be hiding in ex-pat communities.

He said: “Attention is the key to making sure they can’t escape justice to live a life in the sun.”

Tomkins has two scars one close to his left eye on his brow and another on the right side of his neck.

Described as tall, medium to stocky build and sometimes wearing a close cut beard.

A 23,000 euro reward is available for any information regarding Tomkins whereabouts.

The fresh appeal follows Crimestoppers’ success in catching half of the criminals from their most recent appeal for criminals in Spain.

Of the list issued six months ago, half of the ten most wanted have already been caught.

The most recent capture was Jody Flynn, caught entering the UK from Spain.

Others, such as Stephen Henry Pitman, are also believed to be living on the Costa del Sol.

Operation Captura has made 31 arrests since it began its series of ‘Most Wanted’ appeals in 2006.

Contact the Olive Press in confidence if you have any information.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. please please help catch this vial monster!!!
    he needs to be caught as Rockys loved ones will not rest untill they see justice!

    just do it for the family PLEASE !!!

  2. i am rockys grandmother and i have to see the grief on my daughters face ever day they say time heals but not for my daughter that animal has distroyed this family GOD might forgive you BUT WE NEVER WILL love you rocky

  3. I am the mother of Rocky’s child Lil Rocky. This is something that should not of happened to such of wonderful and loving father. My son now has to live without the love of his father and justice should be served to this evil calculated animal. It’s not fair to have him walking the streets when he has done such an awful thing. If anyone knows anything. PLEASE come forward to give his mum and dad the peace that they need and Rocky the justice he derserves. Find it in your hearts to come forward.

  4. somebody out there knows where he is!!

    its something you read about thats happends to somebody else and when u pick up the paper the next day you read another story and the next day another….!

    i see my friend candy(rockys mother) everyday she has lots of friends and if we could take away a little bit of the heartache we would!

    So PLEASE if you know ANYTHING even if you think you could be wrong or think its not that important its is and it could be!

    it will not bring rocky back but justice will be done


  5. Rocky is my cousine and i know that his mother will Never get over this tragic situation but she Deserves Closure and Justice! although it wont be justice for this Disgusting man, he needs to be caught anyone that moraless deserves to be Hung..!
    I hope someone out there gives us details to this mans whereabouts as he has destroyed many peoples lives! he deserves to be caught for Justice For Rocky as Rocky was a funny loving Family Man who certainly did not deserve to go like this..R.I.P Rocky Dawson Allways in our Hearts x x x x

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