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Knife crime plea of ​​heartbroken mother after teenage son murdered

In an emotional appeal, Lisa Kilkenny said: “Nothing will ever be as dark as the day you are told your son is dead.”

A grieving mother has opened up about the heartbreaking decision to turn off her teenage son’s life support after he was stabbed in the heart.

Lisa Kilkenny’s 16-year-old son Joseph Whitchurch was killed on Boxing Day 2020 by a petty drug dealer who attacked him at a property in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire.

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He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham but died of his injuries three days later.

Lisa Kilkenny (L) opened up about her heartbreaking decision to turn off her son Joseph Whitchurch’s (R) life support machine after he was stabbed.

Jake Rollinson, 21, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 19 years after being found guilty of murder in March.

Lisa has now spoken for the first time about the devastating effects of losing her son as she fights to end knife crime in his memory.

She related how Joseph had enjoyed Christmas Day with his family before asking if he could go to his friend’s house nearby for a few drinks.

A few hours later, Lisa received a visit from the police, which “broke her heart in half” and left in pain that “took her breath away.”

“I just remember feeling so much pain in my heart”

In a Herz interview, she said, “Nothing will ever be as dark as the day you are told your son is dead.”

She added: “We all sat down to enjoy our Christmas Day dinner. Joseph said he was full and gave me a kiss to say thank you and “I love you”.

“When he later asked if he could go to his friend’s, I said ‘of course, but don’t be late.’ He asked if I would order a taxi to take him home and I said “of course”.

“There was a knock on the door which I assumed Joseph said he fell asleep at his friend’s.

“To my horror I saw a concerned and shocked police officer trying to explain that he had to rush me to the hospital as Joseph had been stabbed.

“I was completely and utterly shocked.

“On the way I felt how serious it was when the officer got a call and the car was going so fast.

“I felt numb, sick and full of confusion. I just wanted so badly to see Joseph.

“Then I was ushered into a room where I frantically called his father. I was shocked and had so many questions.

“I was told in no uncertain terms how bad it was. I just remember my heart feeling so much pain it felt like it was going to break in half. The tears were just uncontrollable.”

Joseph Whitchurch.

“I remember screaming, ‘How am I supposed to live without you?’

After a few hours, they were able to see Joseph, even though they knew how serious his condition was.

Lisa said, “My beautiful boy was lying there after so many surgeries.

“No parent ever imagines going through this and the pain and agony while awaiting news and the enormity of their injuries.

“I prayed and told Joseph not to leave me. I prayed that God would take me instead.

“It’s so hard to put into words, but the pain inside me took my breath away.”

Lisa said her worst fears then came true when medics told her Joseph was brain dead and would not pull through, leaving her family “broken”.

She added: “When we were told he was brain dead we had to say goodbye.

“I remember screaming, ‘How am I going to live without you, my beautiful boy?’ Everyone cried. The pain was so great and touched everyone.

“As they had to share this news with friends and family, they were in complete shock and sadness.

“I was struggling to look at my mum and dad as the pain in their eyes was too much to see them. They were broken.

“His brothers were completely shocked, the grief still consumes their young lives. They were so close and looked up to their awesome big brother.

“He’s been there since she was born and had an amazing bond.

“As a family we try to live, but it is extremely difficult. We are surrounded by amazing family and friends because we couldn’t get through this without them.

“No one should have to endure such pain. Nothing will ever be as dark as the day you are told your son is dead.

“Seeing a child die is so devastating, but also coming to terms with the fact that someone brutally stabbed their beloved child is another level.

“How could one person do that to another? It’s too much to ever find my way around.”

Joseph Whitchurch.

“He loved being around people”

Paying tribute to her “loving and caring” son, Lisa added, “Joseph had a smile that would light up a room.

“He loved being with people and people loved being with him. He had a cheerful nature and his warm and caring personality was loved by everyone.

“He always looked after his younger brothers and was a kind and loyal friend.

“Joseph was naturally good at sport and excelled at swimming, rugby and cricket.

“He was a member of the local cricket and rugby teams and also found success in the county swimming leagues.

“He received the highest scouting award before joining the County Swimming Club.

“He did well in school and wanted to be an engineer. He had recently completed an internship at Rolls Royce which had spurred him into this career.

“He came home with stories about the new people he met and the experience he enjoyed.

“He also helped his father with his job so he could start learning some work skills. He was looking forward to graduating from high school and entering the world of work and was determined to start driving.

“Like many 16-year-old boys, Joseph enjoyed his music and his great love was eating and eating.

“He also had a great circle of friends who are still in touch to share their memories with us.”

Rollinson, whom Joseph considered a friend, carried out the attack on his grandmother’s house after a dispute over a £40 debt.

He was also convicted of supplying cocaine, supplying cannabis and perverting the law, which he previously admitted.

Rollinson’s girlfriend Lorna Richardson, 26, was also jailed for two years after admitting to perverting the course of justice

“Knife crime can happen to anyone”

With an emotional appeal for people not to carry knives, Lisa added: “We have all had to come to terms with the loss of our beloved Joseph.

“Words seem inadequate to describe the hole he left in our lives, yet we will live to honor him in all we do, inspired by his attitude and smile.

“Treasured memories of him are never far from our thoughts.

“The family, Joseph’s great friends and the communities of Stapleford and Bramcote have come together to ensure his memory becomes a legacy for our community by working together to end knife crime.

“We are proud to have shown this in so many ways, seeing crowds come together and support one another in love, friendship and community in such tragic circumstances, which is in stark contrast to violence.

“The memorial bench in the city park reminds us of this.

“We have an inscription there that mentions that his smile would brighten up the darkest of days, and it does and always will in our hearts.

“Joseph was just in the wrong place at the wrong time that night. We’re a normal family and it just goes to show how knife crime can affect anyone.

“By sharing my experience, I want people to understand the heartbreak a single incident of knife crime can truly cause and how lives like ours are forever changed.

“There is never an excuse or reason to carry or use a knife to harm another person.

Nottinghamshire Police have placed amnesty bins throughout the police area where people can leave their knives without fear of prosecution.

Lisa added: “Carrying a knife doesn’t protect you – it actually puts you at greater risk of injury – which is why I would urge people to turn in their knives and put them in the amnesty bins that are being made available at Nottinghamshire police stations in this week.”

Lisa Kilkenny has made an emotional appeal for people not to carry knives.

“Carrying a knife should never be considered acceptable”

Superintendent Kathryn Craner said: “I would like to thank Lisa for sharing her harrowing real-life account which reveals the truly devastating lifelong consequences of knife crime.

“If it just keeps one person from picking up a knife and using it to do harm, then it’s worth it.

“We all have a role to play in preventing young people from carrying knives and taking guns off our streets.

“It’s not just about Nottinghamshire Police’s response to the knife crime, it requires a concerted effort.

“We all need to make it clear that carrying a knife should never be considered acceptable and that knife crimes will not be tolerated.

“We urge parents and carers to speak with their children about the dangers of carrying knives and the horrific impact knife crime can have on them, their family and friends, and their community.

“Nottinghamshire Police and its partners work tirelessly throughout the year to prevent knife crime and protect people from the harm it causes to everyone involved and to the wider community.

“One knife crime is one too many, and we will continue our efforts with our partners and communities to further reduce knife crime in our communities.”

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