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Liam "leaves hole that can't be filled"
7:30am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
LIAM Holden’s family said the “punishment will never be suitable for taking a life” after they watched a jury at Chemlmsford Crown Court convict Owen Wood of his manslaughter outside Morrison's in Grays.
In a joint statement Liam’s brothers and their mother Mary vowed to do their best to help Liam’s 11-year-old son, William, “remember all the happy times he shared with his dad”.
Liam, from Grays, was 35 and worked for a security firm in London. On the night of his death he and his partner of 15 years, Mandy Patient, had been out celebrating the birthday of her brother Barry’s girlfriend, Lola Clark.
During the trial Mandy, who was forced to watch as Liam was punched and kicked to death, said she had barely slept since that fateful night.
The family’s statement said: “Liam’s death has caused a huge hole in our family which will never be filled. He was a good decent family man whose life has been torn from us in the most horrific circumstances.
“No child should have to grow up without their father, no mother should have to bury their son and no mother should have to raise a child on her own. We as a family now have to deal with these consequences. The punishment will never be suitable for taking a life.”
The family thanked Essex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for securing Owen’s conviction.
They added: “We would also like to thank our family and friends and anyone who helped support us throughout this six months since this terrible tragedy happened. Hopefully now we can all try to move on with our lives.
“We will do our best to help Liam’s son remember all the happy times he shared with his dad.”
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