Trustees of Murdered Abroad

 

- 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.

- 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.

- Brian Chandler -   Treasurer, Director, Trustee Our grandson, Liam Hogan, was killed by his father pushing him off a fourth floor hotel balcony in Crete in 2006, along with his sister, Mia, who fortunately survived. His father was cleared of murder by a Greek court who did not call any eye witnesses. Nevertheless, the UK Coroner recorded a verdict of "unlawful killing", after a proper inquest nearly five years later.

- Brian Chandler -
  Treasurer, Director, Trustee

Our grandson, Liam Hogan, was killed by his father pushing him off a fourth floor hotel balcony in Crete in 2006, along with his sister, Mia, who fortunately survived.

His father was cleared of murder by a Greek court who did not call any eye witnesses. Nevertheless, the UK Coroner recorded a verdict of "unlawful killing", after a proper inquest nearly five years later.

- Bren McLaughlin -   Director, Trustee My brother, Howard Lister (aged 38) was murdered in his own home in Perth, Australia, in September 1999 and buried in a pine plantation. All three perpetrators blamed each other for causing his death, so were tried on a joint enterprise ruling that they were all involved.     They were found guilty of wilful murder and sentenced to 17 years each. One of the perpetrators obtained an appeal and had his sentence cut to 11 years for murder. He was released after serving 13 years in prison. The other two are now due to come up for parole in October 2016.

- Bren McLaughlin -
  Director, Trustee

My brother, Howard Lister (aged 38) was murdered in his own home in Perth, Australia, in September 1999 and buried in a pine plantation.

All three perpetrators blamed each other for causing his death, so were tried on a joint enterprise ruling that they were all involved.  
 
They were found guilty of wilful murder and sentenced to 17 years each. One of the perpetrators obtained an appeal and had his sentence cut to 11 years for murder. He was released after serving 13 years in prison. The other two are now due to come up for parole in October 2016.

- Kim Spooner -   Director, Trustee My uncle and aunt, Neil "Billy" Spooner and Mary Smith, were unlawfully killed in March 1987 in the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster in Belgium which took the lives of 193 passengers and crew. Seven people were charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and the operating company, P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd, was charged with corporate manslaughter, but the case collapsed. The case set a precedent that 'corporate manslaughter' is legally admissible in English courts. My sister, Lianne "Lee" Burns, was brutally murdered in her home in April 2011 on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. The murderer was sentenced to 20 years in prison and will have to serve at least 15 years. 

- Kim Spooner -
  Director, Trustee

My uncle and aunt, Neil "Billy" Spooner and Mary Smith, were unlawfully killed in March 1987 in the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster in Belgium which took the lives of 193 passengers and crew. Seven people were charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and the operating company, P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd, was charged with corporate manslaughter, but the case collapsed. The case set a precedent that 'corporate manslaughter' is legally admissible in English courts.

My sister, Lianne "Lee" Burns, was brutally murdered in her home in April 2011 on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. The murderer was sentenced to 20 years in prison and will have to serve at least 15 years. 



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