Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Could They Do That to My Son? MUM SPEAKS OUT ON ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Could They Do That to My Son? MUM SPEAKS OUT ON ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER

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Byline: By KATY SIMPSON

HEARTBROKEN Lynne Davidson has told of her agony for the first time since her teenage son was murdered.

Today marks one year since 19-year-old Ross Davidson was beaten to death with planks of wood by hooded raiders at his home in Grace Street, Byker, for his Xbox.

And in remembrance of the tragic milestone, his mum Lynne and sister Laura have spoken for the first time to pay tribute to Ross.

In an emotional interview, Lynne told how their lives were torn apart on March 23 last year, which was Easter Sunday.

"It's a battle every day," said Lynne, 51, who will be laying flowers at her son's grave today. "So many times I have said if it wasn't for the kids I have left, I wouldn't be here. But I have got to keep going for them.

"It's been a year, but the pain doesn't feel any different. I cannot accept he's gone."

His killers' jail sentences will never be enough for Lynne, who sat through the whole court case.

Graeme Duncan, 23, of Norbury Grove, Byker, was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years behind bars in December last year, and Kenneth Power, 23, of Dunstanburgh Road, Byker, a minimum of 24 years.

A third man, Steven Gilbert, 23, of St Anthony's Road, Byker, was jailed for 10 years after admitting conspiracy to rob.

"They could die in jail and it would never make any difference," said Lynne, who lives in Alston Avenue, Walker, with daughter Laura, 18. "They are in jail for their actions, but poor Ross, he is in his grave.

"The police just keep saying it was the wrong place, at the wrong time. How can people say that when you are just sitting in your own house watching TV?

"When the police came and said there had been an incident, I thought it must have been walking home alone at night.

"It makes it even worse that someone forced their way into his home. …

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