Fam­ily trib­ute to ‘lov­ing, car­ing mother and grand­mother’

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

AF­TER Pot­ter was sen­tenced, his vic­tim’s fam­ily paid trib­ute to a “lov­ing and car­ing mum and grand­mother”.

A state­ment was re­leased on be­half of the fam­ily, say­ing: “We are very pleased with the guilty ver­dict, con­firm­ing that Derek Pot­ter was re­spon­si­ble for the death of our mother Les­ley.

“We want to thank the mem­bers of the jury for lis­ten­ing to the ev­i­dence they heard dur­ing the course of the trial and for dis­re­gard­ing the sto­ries that Derek Pot­ter made up in an at­tempt to cover up his ac­tions.

“Not only have we had to come to terms with the fact that he so cru­elly killed our mother but we have had to lis­ten to him tar­nish­ing her name through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and court case.

“Our mum was very lov­ing and car­ing to Adrian, Vic­to­ria and Ni­cole and a won­der­ful grandma to her five beau­ti­ful grand­chil­dren.

“Sadly she was not here to see the birth of her sixth grand­child, as her life had been vi­o­lently taken away from her, but we know she would have adored the

new baby as much as she did the other chil­dren.

“Our mum had suf­fered with gout and arthri­tis for a very long time but did not al­low this to stop her liv­ing her life. She was strong-willed and de­ter­mined not to let th­ese con­di­tions af­fect her life.

“She en­joyed a drink and liked to so­cialise, she en­joyed play­ing cards with a small group of friends. She would reg­u­larly walk to the shops and stop and chat with peo­ple – she was known by many in the vil­lage and will be sorely missed.

“We would like to pub­licly thank Natalia for com­ing for­ward and re­port­ing her con­cerns to the po­lice. We would also like to thank our fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers and the whole in­ves­ti­ga­tion team from South Wales Po­lice, along with El­wen Evans and the pros­e­cu­tion team.

“We have not yet been able to prop­erly grieve for the cruel, vi­o­lent and un­timely death of our mother. Hope­fully with the guilty ver­dict and to­day’s sen­tence we will now be able to do so and we re­spect­fully ask as a fam­ily that we are al­lowed to do so in peace.”

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