Family tribute to ‘loving, caring mother and grandmother’
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.”