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Helen Newlove remembers the day that still gives her physical pain
8:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
IT was a day Helen Newlove says still makes her feel physical pain to think about.
The murder of her husband Garry sent shockwaves through the town and across the country as media attention swung to Station Road in Fearnhead in August 2007 after the 47-year-old was brutally beaten by an abusive teenage gang outside his family home.
Now six years on, his 51-year-old widow Helen recounts that dreadful night and her life as a victims’ rights campaigner since in her story ‘It Could Happen to You’ published today, Thursday.
The mum-of-three said: “It’s strange to see your face and name on a book but I’m relieved it’s finally out there and will hopefully make some money for charity (as proceeds go to victims’ charities and the Warrington Wolves Foundation).
“It took a bit of time to convince me to do it but then I thought it could be a nice legacy left for Garry and perhaps if we ever have grandchildren they will want to know what type of person he was.
“It was quite tiring and exhausting putting it together and talking about it still makes me feel physical pain and sickness.
“But I wanted to get it right and get the message out there.
“It was cathartic making sure Garry was never forgotten and a way of thanking everyone in Warrington for their outstanding support and kindness.”
Helen, who worked with a ghost writer to produce the book, said she was overwhelmed after receiving between 6 and 700 letters from well-wishers after Garry died.
The eyes of the country’s media soon turned back on the family as a traumatic court case followed which saw three members of the gang jailed for murder.
Helen added: “The court case was completely draining and we had to go into robotic mode with no control over what was being said and having to rely on the system.
“Speaking after the verdict felt like the first time I could speak for Garry.
“I didn’t say anything other than the way we felt at the time but the reaction was overwhelming and I was so grateful for peoples’ support.”
The book also gives an insight into Helen’s new role in London after she was appointed a seat in the House of Lords and then became Baroness Newlove of Warrington campaigning against anti-social behaviour and for the rights of victims and witnesses.
She added: “My mum has read the book and said she is really proud and was in tears.
“We’re a normal family who had huge tragedy in their lives.
“I was waking up as a wife and going to bed as a widow.
“Lots of families have suffered but not had the support I’ve had so this book acknowledges them too, as the title says it could happen to you.”
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