The Victims Code

On 5th March the Government released the new consultation on improving the Victims’ Code. The Code is a statutory Government document which sets out the minimum level of services that victims of crime should receive from criminal justice agencies and other organisations in England and Wales. It enables victims to receive the information they need…

Today is not a good day

Today marks four years and seven months since Josh was taken from me by Shane O’Brien. A man with 17 previous convictions and who was known to the police. A prolific offender or a hardened criminal is a term that I have used for him when sharing Josh’s story in schools and colleges, but I…

Staying Strong

Hello everyone, I hope that you are well, that you are keeping safe and coping in such emotionally challenging times. Since the start of the Coronavirus and the first cases that were confirmed at the end of January in the UK and the continued escalation of deaths each day since, I have been experiencing a…

No Rights to Appeal

Imagine not being told that you can appeal a sentence even if the professionals around you at the time of sentencing don’t think that it will be accepted as unduly lenient (their opinions). Well that is what happened to me and is no doubt what is happening to thousands of more people like me everyday.…

Christmases Past

As Christmas fast approaches I dread it more and more. And having space and time alone with my memories of Josh while focusing on the happy times that we shared together throughout the 21 years and 8 months of his short life, breaks my heart. I never got to share Josh’s 21st Christmas with him,…