Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tears Ashleigh's Parents; FAMILY PAYS EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE AND CALLS FOR ACTION

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tears Ashleigh's Parents; FAMILY PAYS EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE AND CALLS FOR ACTION

Article excerpt

Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN and HELEN RAE

FIGHTING back tears, a family spoke today of the need to get to the truth surrounding the horrific death of their daughter.

Stabbed care worker Ashleigh Ewing's parents, Jeff and Aileen, told of their caring daughter who had wanted to work within the community since she was 10.

Bravely speaking out, the very private family shared their anguish to help prevent other families going through their ordeal.

They want answers from the mental health authorities over their assessments of Ronald Dixon's mental state and what precautions were taken to protect Ashleigh in visiting a paranoid schizophrenic.

Speaking at Ashleigh's father's home in Ralph Street, Hebburn, her parents and aunt Trish revealed that Ashleigh had not been scared of Dixon in previous visits and thought she was safe.

Aileen, 47, said: "She said he was quite a caring person. Dixon used to look after her and put the dog in another room because she was scared of dogs. He tied up the dog for her in another room".

Her family spoke of the affection she showed towards her university friends and those in the community.

Trish, 42, said: "She was a good girl, but a very naive girl, and was only in her first stages of training. She would not have picked up on other things perhaps more experienced people would."

Black-and-white photographs of Ashleigh and her 20-year-old sister Laura are displayed with pride all over Jeff's living room.

They were taken on his new camera for his 50th birthday and are now what the family have left to remember her by.

Fighting back the tears, Jeff said: "She was popular and had a lot of friends, both male and female.

"Since she was 10 she wanted to care for people and she liked helping others. She loved her job and we're very proud of her."

Aileen spoke with tears in her eyes as she told how her daughter wanted to make a difference in the world.

"She just wanted to help people, she wanted to make a difference in the world and that's what she said in her interview for the job," she explained.

"And I do not want her to die in vain. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.