Agony goes on for mur­dered man’s fam­ily

‘We need jus­tice to help ease pain’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

The fam­ily of mur­dered Jamie Con­nelly have said they will never be able to move on un­til the per­son re­spon­si­ble for his death is brought to jus­tice.

David Strath­ern was dra­mat­i­cally cleared of stab­bing Jamie Con­nelly on Fri­day, March 4, fol­low­ing a trial at the High Court in Glas­gow.

He had de­nied stab­bing the 28 year old, nick­named Jam­boy, through the heart at Green­hill Road, Ruther­glen, on March 8, last year.

Al­most a year to the day since Jamie’s death, a 15-per­son jury re­turned a ver­dict of not proven.

His fam­ily told the Re­former they were “dis­gusted” with the out­come. Sarah Con­nelly, Jamie’s younger sis­ter, and father Thomas said the fam­ily were strug­gling to ac­cept the ver­dict.

“I don’t think we will ever move on know­ing that the per­son re­spon­si­ble is walk­ing the streets,” Sarah said.

Thomas, who found it ‘very dif­fi­cult’ to sit through the trial, said: “My son was a qual­i­fied plas­terer and chef. They painted him out to be a thug drug dealer in court.

“How did it take 30 min­utes to re­turn a not proven ver­dict? It’s be­yond me – that’s not even the time it takes to make a cup of tea. I can’t get my head around it, nei­ther can my friends or fam­ily.”

Stat­ing the trial did not re­flect her brother as she knew him, Sarah said Jamie was a fam­ily man.

“He was just like my dad, he was

pro­tec­tive,” she said. “He al­ways used to tell me that he was fine and that he’d al­ways be there for me.

“I have a daugh­ter and he was al­ways so dot­ing, ev­ery­thing was about her. We have an­other niece and nephew and he loved the three of them so much.

“Evie is three this year, she tells me her un­cle is in the sky.”

Jamie’s death came one year af­ter he be­gan turn­ing his life around, as he tried to turn his back on drugs and al­co­hol.

Four years ear­lier he had learned his mother was ter­mi­nally ill with can­cer and sought so­lace in drink.

Ex­plain­ing Jamie was in­cred­i­bly close to his mother, Sarah said she was al­ways Jamie’s “pride and joy”. year off She the added: “He drink but washe a had re­lapses like ev­ery­one else.

He was try­ing to detox from drink and drugs. It was a self detox so if that doesn’t prove to ev­ery­one that he was try­ing to make life bet­ter then I don’t know what will. “He did the self re­hab and trained to be a chef. He was try­ing to prove he could do some­thing else, he wasn’t ly­ing back, he did try and make a life for him­self.”

Lov­ing un­cle Jamie Con­nelly doted on his niece, Evie

Sib­ling Tragic Jamie pic­tured with his sis­ter, Sarah

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.