Family live with shock of son’s death every day
A year on from his murder, the family of Simon Gorecki have returned to Canterbury to mark the anniversary.
On March 29 last year the popular fishmonger and his friend, Natasha Sadler-ellis, were stabbed to death at a house in Dickens Avenue on the Poet’s Estate.
Their killer, Foster Christian, is now serving a life sentence for his crimes.
Simon’s mother Sally Devlin and brother Adam Devlin yesterday (Wednesday) returned to Barham Crematorium, the venue of Simon’s funeral in June.
Adam, 47, said: “Most people suffer some sort of grief in their lives, but to lose someone like this is such a shock. I still think about it every day.
“I suppose the thing that changed the most over the year is that it is not the first thing I think about in the morning any more – even if the pain doesn’t get any less.
“We have started to think a lot more about it, though, as the anniversary of March 29 loomed.
“He loved living in Kent so we thought we would come here to mark anniversary.”
Simon, 47, who had worked on the fish stall in the Goods Shed in Station Road West, lived in shared accommodation in Dickens Avenue alongside Christian.
The 54-year-old mechanic stabbed Simon five times, including four in the back, after a row erupted over cold water coming out of a shower.
Christian also repeatedly stabbed Natasha, 40, her son Connaugh Harris, 20, and a boy who was 16 at the time of the attack.
Mr Harris and the boy sur- vived their injuries to give evi evidence against Christian during his trial at Maidstone Crown Court in October.
He denied two counts of murder plus unlawfully wounding Mr Harris and wounding with intent the boy.
He claimed self-defence – a version of events unanimously rejected by the all-male jury.
Sally, 70, who lives in southwest London, attended the trial.
She said: “That was the most brutal part. It was absolutely traumatic because it felt like Simon was on trial. Christian’s courtroom defence involved trying to discredit the prosecu prosecution evidence.”
Hundreds attended Simon’s funeral at Barham and as the anniversary of his death approached Sally has received messages from his friends.
She and Adam laid flowers at the crematorium before having lunch at the Jackdaw in Denton, where the wake was held. Before returning to London later in the day, they visited friends of Simon’s in Canterbury.
“There were so many people here at the funeral,” Sally added. “It’s so good to know they’re still thinking of Simon.”
Simon Gorecki’s mother and younger brother, Sally and Adam Devlin, returned to Kent this week for the anniversary of his murder; Mr Gorecki, left, was stabbed to death alongside his friend, Natasha Sadler-ellis, right, on March 29 last year
Foster Christian was given a life sentence for the double killing and wounding two other people