Mother of Reece James issues statement

The mother of a man killed in Bournemouth has spoken of the impact that the 21-year-old's death has had on his family.

Michelle James issued a statement after four men were convicted for the manslaughter of her son at a flat at the junction of Roumelia Lane and Sea Road in Boscombe, on Wednesday 25 July 2012.

Kieron Kenroy Wellington, aged 30 and of no fixed abode, and three London men – Wayne Stephenson, aged 34, Keifer Hutchinson, aged 23, and Jarome Parkinson, aged 25 – were found guilty of manslaughter yesterday, Thursday 6 June 2013.

Michelle's statement, as provided to Dorset Police, is as follows:

"Reece was a loving, caring individual. He was the eldest of all my children and he was very influential in a positive way. He was very much a part of all the decisions I made with my immediate family.

"You can imagine the impact this has had on this family when a link has been removed from a chain, broken. It will never be the same.

"I come from a strong Christian family and what has held us together is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In that very same vein the Lord forgave me, so I in turn forgive all those involved in taking Reece away.

"We will not forget."

Issued: 7 June 2013

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