Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heartbreak Is Worst on This Romantic Day; VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND FIGHTS ON

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heartbreak Is Worst on This Romantic Day; VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND FIGHTS ON

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

VALENTINE'S Day only brings heartache and sadness for Lindsey Neil and her baby.

Her boyfriend Paul Gilbert was stabbed to death two years ago today and she later discovered he was going to propose to her 24 hours later on the most romantic day of the year. But Paul never regained consciousness and he died after 15 days in a coma.

Lindsey can only imagine what life would have been like as a family. She had not long discovered she was pregnant with their baby when the brutal stabbing took place.

And she has been left fighting an uphill battle for a compensation payout because baby Paul was robbed of his daddy.

"February is not a good month for me," said Lindsey, of Walker, Newcastle.

"On the 10th it was Paul's birthday, he would have been 24. Then on the 13th he was stabbed and on the 28th he died. Valentine's Day also brings back so many memories. That should have been the day he was going to ask me to get engaged. There is only so much someone can take in one month."

Last year the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority turned down little Paul's claim to receive any money for the loss of his father. And Lindsey was also told she will not be entitled to a payout for his death.

Lindsey added: "Last year we couldn't believe it when we were turned down by the CISA but we have asked to have the decision reviewed and they are going through the report again.

"They were telling a little baby he was not entitled to any money for the loss of his father. That money would have been put in a trust fund for him for when he turned 18.

"We know it would never have brought his dad back but it could have helped him get on in life. It would have given him the start that Paul would have given him if he had been here.

"They calculate it by taking the sum of money Paul would have earned when he was alive and for the next 18 years. …

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