Flintshire mum relives horror of daughter’s murder

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

A BRAVE mum has re-lived the horror of her daughter’s brutal murder in the wake of a suspected killing spree in Yorkshire.

Dianne Parry’s daughter Hanane was murdered on the streets of Liverpool in July 2003 when she was 19.

The former St David’s High School, Saltney pupil was a sex worker in Liverpool to fund her heroin habit when she was killed by Mark Corner.

Speaking from her home in Warren Drive, Broughton, Dianne, now 49, said her heart went out to the parents of the murdered and missing women, Shelley Armitage, 31, Susan Rushworth, 43 and Suzanne Blamires, 36 from Bradford.

Dianne said: “They will be going through hell at the moment.

“You start thinking all sorts of things. For a long time I didn’t know how Hanane had been murdered. Parents just have to suffer until it’s been to court and he’s been charged.

“Part of me wants to tell them not to be embarrassed by what their daughters were doing. They aren’t hurting anybody. They just need help and no-one is giving it to them."

“Hanane didn’t have a violent bone in her body, she was the kindest girl you could know.”

Hanane was racially abused as a child which Dianne said led to her downward spiral into drugs.

Since Hanane’s death seven years ago Dianne has been campaigning to change people’s attitudes towards sex workers.

She has met government ministers to try and get ‘safety zones’ set up.

Dianne added: “Before I met the girls I suppose I was scared of them, but now I know they are just like you and me. In fact they are better because they don’t judge people.

“They are lovely girls and you can’t even begin to imagine what they have been through.

“People have got to acknowledge that they are human beings and attitudes have got to change.”

Following Dianne’s initial campaign she said the situation had improved slightly and there are now specially-trained police officers to deal with sex workers who have been raped.

A play, Unprotected was made about Hanane’s life and performed at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. Dianne now wants the play to be shown across the UK to encourage people to change their attitudes.

Corner was detained indefinitely at Ashworth, a secure psychiatric hospital, but can appeal against his sentence every 12 months and is due to lodge an appeal this month.

Dianne said the support of her liaison workers, her husband Nhat and her three other children, now 14, 18 and 19, had helped her cope.

She added: “There’s not a day goes by when I don’t think of her.”

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