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Court hears grief of Amy parents

Amy Leigh Barnes
Amy Leigh Barnes suffered multiple stab wounds

A court heard of the pain felt by the parents of murdered model Amy Leigh Barnes prior to the sentencing of the 22-year-old man who murdered her.

Ricardo Morrison, from Birmingham, was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 24 years for killing Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, in Farnworth, near Bolton, last November.

Before he was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years, Manchester Crown Court was read victim impact statements from Amy's mother, Karyn Killiner, and father, Andrew Barnes.

In his statement, Mr Barnes said: "Amy is my only child and from day one since her birth the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I have worshipped my Amy."

He said the effect of his daughter's death could be summed up in three words: "Ruined my life."

Almost daily I fight the urge to end everything
Andrew Barnes

The statement continued: "I will never be the same person again. Try if you can imagine what I see every night when I close my eyes.

"The image is branded on my eyelids and will never go."

Mr Barnes said his life was now full of guilt, penitence and anger because he had arrived too late to save his daughter.

He said he would never hear the word "Dad" again, never have another Father's Day, never walk his daughter down the aisle and never be a grandfather.

"Almost daily I fight the urge to end everything," he added.

Mr Barnes said his health had deteriorated, he was wracked with guilt and felt worthless.

"My loss is unimaginable. This has totally ruined my life," his statement said.

Karyn Killiner, Amy's mother
Mrs Killiner said her loneliness was indescribable

The court then heard the statement from Amy's mother.

Mrs Killiner said: "My daughter was the centre of our world, I absolutely adored her and we have always been as close as a mother and a daughter can be.

"I want to claw my way to her. My loneliness is indescribable. The only person I want to be with is my child."

Mrs Killiner described seeing her daughter on her deathbed in hospital: "My heart was breaking as I heard my child scream. I am haunted forever."

She said she now suffered flashbacks and slept with Amy's teddy. Every morning she wakes up to the shock as she realises the awful truth, her daughter is dead, she added.

Mrs Killiner added that she was an "empty shell" and "struggling to survive, gripping on to the edge of life".



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