Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England's Justice System Has Let Us Down Summers Was Flaunting His Evil in Their Faces; INTO TRAGEDY IS PUBLISHED

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England's Justice System Has Let Us Down Summers Was Flaunting His Evil in Their Faces; INTO TRAGEDY IS PUBLISHED

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Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter

IT'S the last happy picture of sisters and their mother together before murder broke their hearts.

After this snap was taken at the 70th birthday celebrations for Shonia Edwards, daughter Diane was savagely killed by her obsessed ex-lover, David Summers.

Today, as a report revealed none of the authorities monitoring summers could have predicted he would kill Diane; her sisters spoke for the first time of their heartache.

Jilted summers, 21, of Brookside Avenue, Blyth, was able to batter his ex to death after repeatedly stalking her. He is currently serving life for murdering 53-year-old Diane in her Blyth home and violating her corpse.

But questions were asked as to why he was free to attack her after she made numerous complaints of sinister and escalating harassment.

Summers repeatedly broke bail conditions, injunctions and restraining orders to get near to the divorced mum-of-three. And in October 2006 he launched his barbaric attack at her home, beating her so badly her face was shattered, her ribs fractured and her spleen ruptured.

Today Sister Sylvia Carr, 54, said: "The justice system has let us down. We need magistrates and judges to start treating domestic abusers like people who drink-drive and lock them up before they can go on to kill. A summer was a serious offender who had been put before the courts some 14 times for various offences. He was the subject of restraining orders, injunctions or conditional bail and then released again.

"Surely someone within the justice system should have realized he was getting more dangerous. He was flaunting his evil in their faces.

"He will no doubt say to be rehabilitated in years to come. I just hope that is a long, long time away and he doesn't fool the system again."

Sylvia, of Northumberland, and sister Gloria Was muth, 56, were united in praise for the police who brought Summers to court and answered Diane's calls to arrest her tormentor. …

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