- Eve Henderson -
Co-Founder, Director, Trustee
My husband of 32 years, Roderick Henderson, was killed in France in 1997 when my family went to Paris for the weekend to celebrate his birthday.
My son and son-in-law were also attacked in the street by the gang of youths. Roderick’s death and the aftermath of a failed police investigation – no-one was ever caught for the crime – was traumatic for all of us. It was truly shocking to be left on my own to deal with the problems of language, culture and a foreign judicial process and I was even more shocked that there was no clear policy or procedure in place here in the UK to assist my family. Nine months after Roderick’s death, the Coroner returned an Unlawful Killing verdict and for the statutory agencies here in the UK, that was the end of the matter. However, with the help of pro-bono lawyers, we took the case to the ECHR on the basis of a negligent investigation in France but in 2015 some 18 years after Roderick's death, this action also failed.
Along this difficult road, my family and I amassed a wealth of knowledge that can hopefully be used to help others in a similar situation.