'I've Lost the Best Daughter Anyone Could Have. but I Won't Let His Evil Control My Life' MOTHER OF GEARY VICTIM WON'T LET MONSTER TEAR HER FAMILY APART

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Byline: ALANA FEARON news@irishmirror.ie

THE heartbroken mum of one of the victims of psycho murderer John Geary has told how her family is not letting "evil" control their lives.

Brave Alicia Brough was knifed up to 16 times after she tried to stop the crazed killer as he stabbed his ex, Sarah Hines, their five-month-old daughter Amy and Sarah's three-year-old son Reece.

Geary, 34, was handed four life sentences for the murder spree at Sarah's home in Newcastle West in Limerick on November 15, 2010. He admitted using four knives and a screwdriver to kill his victims.

Speaking just hours after Monday's sentencing, Alicia's mum Maria Dempsey revealed how Geary stole her family's innocence the day he murdered her daughter.

Describing Alicia as "the best daughter anybody could ever have", Maria fought back tears as she opened up about the pain of living without her "best friend".

But the defiant mum of seven, who moved from England nine years ago, said she and her husband Paul refused to let evil Geary take over their lives.

Speaking from her home in Rockchapel, Co Cork, Maria added: "We lost an innocence in our life but we just decided very quickly that we must do our best to ignore him [Geary], ignore what he did and just to bring some normality into our family's life.

"If we allow the evil that happened there to stay and remain in our lives, we won't ever get away from it and we won't ever escape it. …