Knife crime has destroyed 100s of families like mine... and MPS have done nothing
of Simon, William and Stephen and photos. Last summer I finally got her to leave the house. She didn’t recognise things outside her home because she hadn’t been out for so long. She had forgotten the buildings.
“She was convinced her family would come walking through the door. She couldn’t accept they had gone.
“And she was terrified Simon’s killer would come back and find her too.” Simon was knifed four times as he waited for the lift to take him to the 12th floor of a block where his sick father lived. Akbar, 19, claimed Simon had insulted him or his friends as he cycled past. They chased him and crept up from behind as he waited for the lift. Akbar slashed his throat twice and Simon, who was to start his new job as a postman the next day, bled to death by the lift shaft. After the murder, Akbar watched the film American Psycho, starring Christian Bale as a mass-murdering businessman.
Simon was attacked just feet from St George’s School in Maida Vale, West London, where headmaster Philip Lawrence had been stabbed to death protecting a pupil in 1995.
Moroccan-born Akbar was jailed for life at the Old Bailey for what the judge described as “a mindless and savage killing for kicks”.
Kay, who was due to remarry her ex-husband, believed Akbar should have been charged with two counts of murder – Simon’s and William’s.
She died in September a year after doctors found cancer had spread across her body, having recently applied for a passport and was planning a family holiday to Egypt.
Her loved ones are now speaking out in frustration and disbelief at the sheer scale of the nation’s knife crime epidemic.
Linda, whose children Katie, 34, and Shelley, 36, also struggled to cope with the family’s tragedies, said: “When Kay lost Simon she was in a daze all the time.
“She wouldn’t leave the house. We did everything. She would get the shopping delivered to the house and she wouldn’t ask the doctor for help. “She was in a terrible depression but didn’t ask for help. She just suffered in silence.” He murdered Urging people to wake up to the horror of knife our whole family. crime and how much damage it can cause, she It had a domino added: “Anyone who leaves the house needs effect to stop and think. “They need to think about if their brother, sister, mum or dad was killed. It could be their family.”