Sisters hope celebrities can give star power to their search for justice
CELEBRITIES including TV magician Dynamo, Ross Kemp and city actor Jack O'Connell will be asked to give their backing to a campaign by the family of tragic mum Denyse Sweeney.
Maureen and Marion Sweeney say they are desperate for "a big name" to get behind their campaign for justice as they seek to find the truth about how their sister died.
They believe the backing of an A-list star might help speed up the investigation into the death which is being carried out in India.
Maureen, 43, of Underhill Avenue, Derby, said: "Things seemed to have ground to a bit of a stop at the moment so we are in the process of contacting celebrities to see if they will get behind our fight for the truth.
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"Dynamo is one of the biggest names on TV at the moment so it would be amazing to get him to help us raise the profile.
"Derby actor Jack O'Connell is also a huge name and he's a local lad, too, so to get him to spread the word would be fantastic.
"And we think someone like Ross Kemp might have the contacts to help us if he can spread the word on our behalf."
Marion, 41, of Finsley Walk, Sunny Hill, said the family had been tweeting celebrities on Twitter and trying to find e-mail addresses of agents to start making contact with them and make them aware of what happened to Denyse.
She said: "All it takes is for one of these stars to stick their neck out and post something on their Twitter feed or Facebook page.
"These celebrities have thousands, sometimes millions of followers and, if even a tiny percentage of them click on our website and read about what happened to our sister, that would be a start."
The campaign currently has about 450 likes on Facebook and 230 followers on Twitter.
Marion said: "If we can collectively get that to a thousand it will be an achievement and, most importantly, will raise awareness."
Mum-of-two Miss Sweeney was 34 when she died in Goa, India, in April 2010.
She was reported to have collapsed in a bar "as if she had taken (the drug) Ketamine". Her Indian autopsy said she had "most likely" had a drug overdose.
But the results of her toxicology tests, carried out 21 months after her death and revealed at her inquest in Derby in April this year, showed there were no traces of illegal substances in her system.
But there were "up to 20" unexplained marks on her body and her family believe she was murdered.
To show support for the Sweeney family follow their campaign on Twitter @justice4Denyse or visit the Justice for Denyse page on Facebook.