Peter Jones' family: "We're serving a life sentence"

Reporter:

Andrew Boyd

GRIEVING mother Christine Jones spoke of the love her son brought into the world after seeing his killer jailed.

Speaking shortly after the sentencing from her home in Brook Street, Mold, Mrs Jones movingly remembered the happiness Peter had brought into her life.

Mrs Jones, 49, said: “We have got to get on with the rest of our lives without Peter. He was the joker in my life. I miss him so much.

“We all loved him so much and since he died I have been in a world of my own, where each day is so hard to face. Life will never be the same again.

“I see children walking to school and it brings back memories of when Peter was a child going there. It is so hard to face.

"We have got to get through events like his birthday on Bonfire Night and Christmas and it is going to be impossible to celebrate them.”

Peter’s sister Sarah, 28, joined her mother to share her thoughts and said the loss of her brother is still deeply felt.

Sarah, a mother-of-three, said: “The last few months have been very difficult. We have been lost without him.

“Nearly 2,000 people have joined a group on Facebook remembering him.
“The support we have had from the Mold community has been the one positive from what’s happened.”

Mrs Jones said the verdict had not represented justice for her son.

She said: “Whether the sentence was two years or 22 years, it wasn’t going to bring Peter back. But there is no justice whatsoever in a three year, four month sentence that means he could be out in 17 months.

“My son has been killed and we believe this should have been classed as murder.
“I have written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, campaigning for changes in the law so other families get justice at times like this.

“The sentence does not represent closure for me at all, but it might for Denman who can get on with his life.

“He can give his parents grandchildren, Peter loved kids but he cannot for me. It is so unfair.”

The loss of Peter marked the second tragedy to hit the Jones family.

Another son, Russell, died as a youngster 25 years ago following a period of illness.

Peter himself had required a life-saving liver transplant as a boy but had overcome his early health problems to become a popular young man.

Of Gafyn Denman, Mrs Jones added: “If he had come and seen the devastation it caused our family when we where with Peter in hospital, he would understand just what he has done.

“I have my young grandchildren asking me where Peter has gone and that is so hard to deal with.”

Mrs Jones’ ex-husband and Peter’s father, Peter Snr, was assaulted in the incident in which Peter died in Buckley.

Ross Taylor, 22, was handed an eight-month sentence after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

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