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Wrexham murder victim's family: Our lives will never be the same

Published date: 23 June 2014 |
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THE parents of a popular amateur boxer knifed to death in a pub toilet said their lives will never be the same after his killer was sentenced to life in jail.

Craig Maddocks, of Llay, died a horrific death after being stabbed 52 times in pub toilets at Wrexham.

Murderer Francesco John Prevete will have to serve at least 23 years behind bars for his “sadistic” knife killing.

Outside the court, after the sentence was passed, a statement read on behalf of Mr Maddocks’ parents David and Edna, and the rest of his family, said their lives had been unbearable since his murder, a year ago to the day on Thursday.

“Our lives had been totally unbearable over the last 12 months due to the murder of our son,” they said.

“Craig loved life and loved to make people smile.

“He was loved and adored by all his family and friends.

“We as a family will never get over the dreadful circumstances of how Craig died and our lives will never be the same again.”

They also thanked North Wales police, the CPS, victim support and all family and friends for their support during what they called “the most difficult time in our lives”.

The judge told Prevete, 46, that he would receive a life sentence and that the minimum term he should serve before he could apply for parole would be 23 years.

At Mold Crown Court, he described it as “a brutal and ferocious” attack and said it may have been motivated by an unpaid £300 debt to Prevete’s father.

Prevete showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told him that once inside the cubicle “you carried out a brutal and ferocious attack on Craig Maddocks”.

Mr Baker said that the repeated knife wounds caused significant damage – a wound to the heart caused catastrophic internal bleeding, the slicing of the left jugular caused catastrophic external damage, and the severing of his spinal cord caused paralyses – which meant a rapid death.

But other injuries were caused while he stood up and the judge said that the victim would have been “conscious of what you were doing to him”.

Prevete, of Weale Court, Wrexham, made no attempt to help him and indeed at one stage tried to prevent others from entering the cubicle to assist him.

The judge said that there was evidence that Mr Maddocks’ use of cocaine meant that he owed people money, including £300 to Prevete’s father.

The judge said that it may be that Prevete’s emotions were heightened after his father’s funeral that day and that he decided to punish Mr Maddocks, 34, for the wrong he perceived upon his family.

“Because of your claim to have no knowledge of the offence, it may never be known with certainty what lay behind your decision to kill him,” the judge said. Despite his denials, the judge said that he was satisfied Prevete had taken cocaine, the effect of which might have been heightened by alcohol, and that he had taken the flick knife with him to the pub that night to use as a weapon if necessary.

Prevete’s main defence that a third party was responsible for the killing had been rejected by the jury and the judge said that he was satisfied that Prevete knew what he was doing and was not acting after an epileptic fit.

He said that it was a 25-year case but with the aggravating and mitigating features he had decided on a 23-year tariff.

The nature and circumstances of the attack were such that “a significant degree of mental and physical suffering” had been caused to the victim, he failed to assist the victim and he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.

On the other hand he was of previous good character, had acted out of character, and there was no significant degree of premeditation.

There was no evidence that he knew Mr Maddocks would have been in the Cambrian Vaults that night.

The judge said that he was satisfied that Mr Maddocks had not provoked him that night, other than the fact that he owed members of the defendant’s family money.

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