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Mrs Newlove said she still had to take daily medication
The wife of murdered father-of-three Garry Newlove has said society must "make a stand" against unruly and violent youths.

Helen Newlove said she had been left heartbroken by her husband's murder and one daughter still suffered flashbacks from the night he was attacked.

Mrs Newlove said: "The light has gone out of our lives."

At Chester Crown Court three teenagers were found guilty on Wednesday of Mr Newlove's murder.

Adam Swellings, 19, Stephen Sorton, 17, and Jordan Cunliffe, 16, were found guilty of kicking Mr Newlove to death outside his Warrington home.

Haunted by memories

Speaking after the trial, Mrs Newlove said she would not have wanted to carry on living had it not been for her daughters and family.

She said: "It's like a piece of jigsaw has been lost forever.

"We all sit at home, the girls and I, and wait for Garry to walk through the door as if he has been to his head office in Coventry for meetings which sadly we know now will never happen.

"Amy suffers terrible flashbacks of that night."

Crime scene
Mrs Newlove said her daughter suffered 'terrible flashbacks'

She said she had been unable to return to work since the killing and was haunted by memories of having to turn off her husband's life support machine.

She said: "As regards myself I am completely broken-hearted, I am still off work and have to take medication to help me through the day."

Mrs Newlove condemned gangs of youths who "hung around street corners", drinking alcohol and committing crime.

She added: "Parents have to face up to their responsibilities. Having children is unconditional and there is not a time limit to it."

She said if parents failed to take responsibility for their children, they should face police action.

Garry Newlove and family
Mrs Newlove said her daughter suffered 'terrible flashbacks'

"Lock them up as well - make parents responsible, make them the deterrent.

"We need to make our streets safe to walk out on and not be afraid of retaliation.

"Until this government puts into place an effective deterrent, the youth of today know too well that they can get away with their actions."

Mrs Newlove added: "We need to make a stand."

Detective Inspector Geoff Elvey commended Mr Newlove's daughters, Zoe, Amy and Danielle, for their "bravery" in giving evidence "surrounding the horrific circumstances of their dad's death".

He urged other victims of crime to come forward, saying some victims of assaults in the area had not reported attacks.

The police could only secure convictions if the public came forward, he said.

The convictions sent out the message that "this type of conduct will not be tolerated", Mr Elvey added.



SEE ALSO
Three convicted of Newlove murder
16 Jan 08 |  Merseyside
Spotlight thrust on Newlove area
16 Jan 08 |  Merseyside
'I hit Newlove first', pair claim
10 Dec 07 |  Merseyside
Mother tells of son's confession
06 Dec 07 |  Merseyside
Defendants' friend blames victim
05 Dec 07 |  Merseyside
Gang 'all joined in the kicking'
21 Nov 07 |  Merseyside

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