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Hannah mother's victim statement

Hannah Foster's mother wrote a victim impact statement which was read out to Winchester Crown Court by Hannah's aunt, Jill Lewis. The following are extracts from the statement.

I am Hilary Foster, Hannah's mother. We were a normal, happy family; my husband Trevor and our two daughters Hannah, aged 17, and Sarah, 14 [in March 2003].

Hannah Foster's father Trevor, her sister Sarah, and her mother Hilary

Our lives revolved around our two girls, their wellbeing, personal interests and hopes for the future.

On March 14 2003, our lives changed forever.

When Trevor and I saw Hannah in the mortuary, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There must be some mistake.

The cold, bruised and battered body certainly looked like Hannah but where was the sparkle in her eyes, the radiant smile, the warmth and tenderness of her touch?

Hannah was vibrant, graceful, gentle and so alive. No, this can't have happened.

But there was no mistake. This lifeless form was Hannah, our first born daughter, dead aged 17.

Hannah will never be the blushing bride; never have children of her own

Her life tragically cut short by the wilful actions of a cruel stranger who took it upon himself to abduct, rape and then murder my beloved Hannah, an innocent girl who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I felt numb, paralysed by grief and pain. Why Hannah? She had so much to live for; so much unfulfilled promise, so many talents, so much humanity and compassion to share.

I would give anything to change places with Hannah, to take away the terror and pain she suffered that night.

For the rest of my life I will feel the guilt that I wasn't there when she needed me most. She died terrified and alone with an evil stranger.

Hannah Foster

I feel as though Kohli has ripped out my heart and stamped on it.

Hannah was a gentle, peace-loving girl who was never able to cope with raised voices and certainly not any threat of violence.

She would have been frozen with fear, unable to run or fight - the proverbial 'lamb to the slaughter'.

I'm haunted by recurring nightmares of the horror that Hannah suffered. Medication for post traumatic stress disorder allows me to sleep for a short time before the relentless images overwhelm me again.

Hannah's sister Sarah, now an only child, was 14 at the time. She has shown immense courage and maturity, has given us a reason to function in our daily lives.

I miss her quiet ways, snuggled up with a book in the garden or cuddling up with her father on the settee to sneak some warmth

On the night Hannah died, Sarah remembers Hannah saying 'I can't wait for you to grow up so we can go out together, you'll be such fun'.

Eighteen months after Hannah's murder I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Whilst having my treatment, part of me wanted to die as coping with life was so hard but strength was unwittingly given to me by Sarah - I had to get better for her sake - how could she cope with losing both her sister and her mother?

Trevor and I have both been unable to return to work. After Hannah's murder we were both inevitably consumed with the need to bring her killer to justice.

For the past five and a half years we have been immersed in a long, frustrating and exhausting mission firstly to find Kohli.

Just how do you come to terms with a total stranger committing such acts of despicable cruelty; violating and terrorising your defenceless child?

Trevor Foster breaks down at the press conference, comforted by his wife, Hilary
Trevor Foster broke down while trying to trace Kohli in India
I miss her quiet ways, snuggled up with a book in the garden or cuddling up with her father on the settee to sneak some warmth.

She was always ready to share her innermost thoughts with me, even as a teenager.

I miss her so much.

Hannah has been robbed of the medical career that she wanted so much and to which she was so well suited.

She would have qualified as a doctor this year, a valuable member of society. Hannah will never be the blushing bride; never have children of her own. The sense of loss is unbearable.

We are heartbroken and will always remain so.

Hannah, your short life enriched the lives of so many people. You'll never be forgotten. Loved forever.

My darling little girl, may you now rest in peace.



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