Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Please Deliver Justice for Our Lost Son

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Please Deliver Justice for Our Lost Son

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John Fisher lost his son George, 23, when Mark Featherstone's car hit him in Blyth two years ago. Featherstone was jailed for four years but is now eligible for parole. Now John has written this moving letter to the Parole Board in a last attempt to win justice for George.

It's hard to know where to start with this letter as this is going to be my only chance to tell you how Mark Featherstone has ruined a perfectly happy family.

My wife and I will have been married 30 years on July 14 and in that time we have brought up four beautiful children and we could not have wished for anything more.

They have all made us very proud. Seeing how they have grown up over the years and showed respect and good manners to others, we could not have asked for anything more.

On the other hand there is Mark Featherstone, who had been taking illegal drugs for well over 12 months, broken the law on a number of occasions, and came along and snatched this happiness from us.

He has not only taken a great son and close friend but has ruined everything we have built up over those many years.

Our George was a very happy-go-lucky kind of lad. He left school at 16 and went straight into a job working with children at Seaton Delaval First School, where he did very well.

He was loved by the staff, children and parents and stayed there for four years until he was offered a job at the Child Support Agency.

He had taken exams to be a Web designer and had earned another promotion four weeks before he was knocked over.

On the night Mark Featherstone was arrested he had illegal substances in his blood. He also had a list of driving offences and was due in court just weeks before he killed our son, but had failed to appear and another date was set for his case.

When he failed to turn up for that, a warrant was issued for his arrest but it was not acted upon in time to save our son.

After knocking George over, Featherstone went home to bed and left him slumped against a post office, which he was thrown against by the impact of the car. …

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