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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Mother's relief at guilty verdict
Marjorie Marks-Stuttle
Mrs Marks-Stuttle could not face going to the murder trial
The mother of murdered gap year student Caroline Stuttle has spoken of the family's relief at the conviction of her killer.

Marjorie Marks-Stuttle said the family was "delighted" but that the verdict would "never take my grief away".

The family were learning to cope - but missed Caroline every day, she added.

Speaking after Ian Previte was found guilty of throwing Caroline off a bridge in Australia her mother said youngsters should follow their dreams.

Drug addict Previte, 32, was jailed for life for killing the 19-year-old, from York, during a bag snatch.

Her rainbow is always with us
Marjorie Marks-Stuttle

He had denied pushing Ms Stuttle to her death from a 30ft bridge in Bundaberg, Queensland, on 10 April 2002.

Mrs Marks-Stuttle, who stayed in the UK because she felt unable to face the ordeal of the trial, told GMTV her grief for Caroline would remain for ever.

"My son's out in Australia so he's had to live every day in court. My heart goes out to him. I wish I was there to give him a hug.

Her husband David Marks, whom she met around the time Caroline died and married in June this year, said it was good to know Previte would not be able to put another family through the agony the teenager's had suffered.

'My pain'

Since her daughter's murder, Mrs Marks-Stuttle - along with her husband and Caroline's brother Richard - has set up Caroline's Rainbow Foundation, a charity which raises awareness of personal safety when backpacking.

"Her rainbow is always with us.

"If we can save another life so parents don't have to go what we've gone through then that will be a relief to help other people," she said.

She said the verdict would never bring Caroline back but now they could "close that door" and work on the charity.

She told Sky News Caroline was "very sensible".

"It was just the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We want youngsters to still follow their dreams and not be put off by (what happened to) Caroline, but just to be aware of the situation and do their research on safety issues before they go."

She added: "It will never take my grief away, my pain, but that is something that the family and I are learning to cope (with).

"It never stops us missing her every day."


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