Portsmouth News

We want justice for our mum’

Footage of petrol station fire tragedy was shared online

- By EMILY JESSICA TURNER The News emily.turner@jpimedia.co.uk

TWO brothers have told how their anguish over their mother’s death was compounded by people sharing CCTV footage of it online.

Dylane Shaw, 53, died after she set herself on fire at a BP petrol station in Cosham during a mental health crisis.

Speaking publicly for the first time, her sons, Sonny and Harry, pictured above, with their mother inset, are demanding answers.

Sonny said: ‘We want justice for our mum, and we want justice served on the person who put the video online.’

TWO brothers have said they want ‘justice’ after CCTV footage of their mother’s fire death was shared online.

Dylane Shaw, 53, of Cosham, known to her friends as Dee, died in November after she set herself on fire at a BP petrol station in Cosham during a mental health crisis.

Shortly after the mum-oftwo passed away, video footage from the incident at the petrol station, recorded onto a phone from CCTV footage, was circulated on WhatsApp, Facebook, and on Twitter.

Her sons, Sonny Shaw, 33, and Harry Shaw, 26, are demanding answers.

Sonny said: ‘We want justice for our mum, and we want justice for the person who put the video online.

‘Me and Harry made a pact, a brotherly agreement, that we won’t watch the footage, and luckily we didn’t stumble across it, but it’ll be a taint on the rest of our lives.

‘We want justice. I’m disgusted that someone’s got away with spreading it.’

The brothers have been left with other unanswered questions about what happened that day.

However, the family say that police have not kept them informed about the investigat­ion.

Harry said: ‘They never kept us in the know.

‘I feel disappoint­ed. Mum was disappoint­ed in her life, and she’s disappoint­ed now. We’ve always been failed they failed to do their jobs.’

Hampshire Constabula­ry told The News that due to evidence provided to police, the investigat­ion into the leaked footage has been filed.

The force said the next of kin were informed the investigat­ion into the leaked footage was filed.

Following Dylane’s death, the family held a small wake, restricted by the Covid rules, and set some balloons free to mark her birthday on April 20. They also have a small shrine to her in their house, with her ashes and some photograph­s.

Harry said: ‘Mum was sporadic, funny, she was caring and kind but she struggled a lot with life and she didn’t get the help she needed in the end. She was very artistic as well, always into music, drawing, crafting, very adventurou­s.’

Sonny added: ‘She made me who I am now, a caring, loving person who cares more for other people than myself, most of the time.

‘She was so creative, which is a great release if you’re suffering from mental issues, and helped me become a confident songwriter. I’ve done pub gigs around Portsmouth, and that creative side comes from mum.’

The brothers have thanked Forever Together Funeral Home in Portsmouth for going above and beyond to help the family in their time of need.

Harry said: ‘It was the shining light in the really, really dark times, just when we were just about to give up and accept that mum would have to be put into an unmarked, shared grave.’

The help the funeral home gave meant that the whole service could be given for free, and the family say that they will be forever grateful for the respect showed to their mum.

Harry added: ‘If it wasn’t for them, who knows what kind of state I would have been in when it came to the funeral. Without them, I don’t think I would have been able to cope.’

An inquest into her death is set to be held in July.

We want justice. I’m disgusted that someone’s got away with spreading it. Sonny Shaw

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 ??  ?? DARK TIMES Sonny and Harry Shaw with a picture of their mother, Dylane, known as Dee to her friends, at their home in Cosham. They describe their mum, left, who died after she set herself on fireataBT petrol station in Northern Road, Cosham, far left, as ‘sporadic, funny, caring and kind’
DARK TIMES Sonny and Harry Shaw with a picture of their mother, Dylane, known as Dee to her friends, at their home in Cosham. They describe their mum, left, who died after she set herself on fireataBT petrol station in Northern Road, Cosham, far left, as ‘sporadic, funny, caring and kind’

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