– Bea Jones on daugh­ter’s death

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

The mother of mur­der vic­tim Moira Jones has told how the 10th an­niver­sary of her daugh­ter’s death has sharp­ened her fam­ily’s grief.

Busi­ness­woman Moira, 40, was raped and mur­dered in May 2008 af­ter be­ing dragged into Queen’s Park, in Glas­gow, yards from her home.

Her mum Bea Jones ad­mits it has been a “very hard” year cop­ing with the 10th an­niver­sary of Moira’s death.

She said one pos­i­tive had been the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing in April the set­ting up of a homi­cide ser­vice to sup­port fam­i­lies of mur­der vic­tims, which the fam­ily had cam­paigned for.

But she added: “What should have b e e n Mo i r a’s 50th birth­day hap­pened that month and then there was the an­niver­sary.

“It takes you back... the bits that we try to keep out of our heads are much harder to keep out of our heads.

“I don’t know whether re­trau­ma­ti­sa­tion is the right word, but I guess it is. If you are re­liv­ing the emo­tions that you lived at the time, it is very hard; not that you are ever free of them.”

She added: “An­niver­saries are oc­ca­sions for cel­e­bra­tion, but the an­niver­sary of a death can’t be.

“I knew at the be­gin­ning of the year it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, as peo­ple were al­ready ask­ing about it and what we would do to mark it.

“We did noth­ing to mark it – we just wanted to be by our­selves.”

In the wake of Moira’s death, her fam­ily set up a char­ity which helps those be­reaved by the mur­der of a loved one.

Since 2014, it has held an an­nual 5k fun run to cel­e­brate her life, which will take place in Queen’s Park on Oc­to­ber 28.

Bea said: “Ev­ery­thing re­ported about us or The Moira Fund means more aware­ness of the fund, which is pos­i­tive – but it doesn’t make it easy.”

Marek Har­car was jailed for life in 2009 for the rape and mur­der of Moira and or­dered to serve a min­i­mum of 25 years.

Ear­lier this year it emerged he had been re­turned to his na­tive Slo­vakia af­ter an agree­ment was reached be­tween au­thor­i­ties.

Bea, who lives in Stafford and will par­tic­i­pate in the run along with her

The run is in the park where Moira was killed, but also the park which she loved and looked out at from her flat ev­ery day

hus­band Hu, said the an­nual run was a “com­fort” to them and en­cour­aged peo­ple to take part.

She said: “It is very hard to say what the run means to us, as it means a huge amount – it is the warmth of it and I find it very emo­tional.

“It is in the park where Moira was killed, but also the park which she loved and looked out at from her flat ev­ery day.

“As far as we are con­cerned it is in ex­actly the right place, and the fact that so many peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity come and give us their sup­port means a lot.”

Bea re­vealed that the char­ity set up in her daugh­ter’s name has now helped nearly 1,000 fam­i­lies be­reaved by mur­der or man­slaugh­ter.

It pro­vides grants to in­di­vid­u­als who are re­ferred by po­lice or vic­tim sup­port agen­cies and also helps b e re a v e m e n t char­i­ties which pro­vide ser­vices such as re­treats or work­shops with fund­ing.

Bea said: “We have helped more than 950 fam­i­lies – if you mul­ti­ply that by the av­er­age num­ber in a fam­ily then that is thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als.

“It is fam­i­lies from In­ver­ness to Ex­eter to Corn­wall and ev­ery part of Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales. We are very proud of that.

“We just had a thank you let­ter from a grandma whose daugh­ter was mur­dered, so the gran is look­ing af­ter her grand­daugh­ter and ac­com­mo­dat­ing her.

“We gave a grant so she could buy her a new bed and bed­ding – that is just one ex­am­ple.”

She added: “Peo­ple go into debt try­ing to get a de­posit for a fu­neral, never mind pay for the whole thing.

“You would be sur­prised at how lit­tle is avail­able to peo­ple through of­fi­cial sources.”

Bea Jones, pho­tographed in Glas­gow, is look­ing for­ward to the run in her daugh­ter’s mem­ory this month

Po­lice stand guard at Queen’s Park gates af­ter the 2008 tragedy

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