Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killers Tore out My Heart; Murdered Lawyers Fiancee Begs for Justice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Killers Tore out My Heart; Murdered Lawyers Fiancee Begs for Justice

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE fiancee of murdered lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce today told how his killers had "ripped out my heart with their bare hands and tore it very slowly into pieces".

In a statement read to the Old Bailey, Adele Eastman described how "the waves of devastation caused by their greed and bravado kept rolling on and on". Miss Eastman had wanted to speak from the witness box to tell murderers Donnel Carty and Delano Brown directly the heartache they had caused her and her fiance's family. Instead, her harrowing 1,000-word statement was read in open court by Crown counsel Richard Horwell QC while _ Miss Eastman wept as she listened to her own words with Tom's parents and her brother Oliver. The judge had ruled that the statement had to be read out by the prosecution counsel.

Carty was this afternoon jailed for a minimum of 21 years while Brown was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Brown received a lesser sentence because he was just three months short of his 18th birthday when Mr Rhys Pryce was stabbed in a robbery gone wrong as he walked home from Kensal Green Tube station in January.

His killers took just his mobile phone and his Oyster card.

Miss Eastman said that her sense of pain and horror at losing Tom in such a brutal fashion was "almost literally indescribable".

But she recalled the happiest day of her life when Tom asked her in October last year to marry him. "It was the most beautiful moment of my life.

I said yes immediately through tears of joy - we were deeply in love and blissfully happy

together. Our plans were for a wedding in Italy in September and they were going so well, and we were so excited.

"The day Tom was killed he had contacted the priest who would conduct our wedding and had printed off details and our wedding vows. They were found later that night strewn around him on the pavement.

"As I received news of Tom's death I was convulsing in shock while Carty and Brown were chatting to their girlfriends on Tom's and Mr Ali's [another robbery victim of Carty and Brown that night] mobile phones."

The next day Miss Eastman had been due to show her wedding dress to her mother. …

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