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Mother's tribute to murder victim

PUBLISHED: 09:42 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

MURDER victim Deborah Townsend's mother, Vivian, issued a statement on behalf of the family, following the conviction of Christopher Caunter, at Ipswich Crown Court.

MURDER victim Deborah Townsend's mother, Vivian, issued a statement on behalf of the family, following the conviction of Christopher Caunter, at Ipswich Crown Court.

Caunter was found guilty of Ms Townsend's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 21 years.

The statement reads: “Although my family and I still carry an enormous gap in our hearts we also carry wonderful memories of our never to be forgotten Debbie. However, we can at least be rest assured that now, not only has justice been done, it has been seen to be done.

“We hope that after all the efforts that have been made to convict Christopher Caunter, who is solely responsible for this vile and cowardly act of her murder, that he finds his years of incarceration long, hard and painful to endure.

“The help given to our family has at all times been heart lifting. We give our sincere and personal thanks to the Suffolk Police and to all of those who have worked on this case called 'Operation Shaw'.

“We give particular thanks to Rick Munns, Caroline Millar and our family liaison officers Julie Bartlett and Dick Ford from the Police and to Julia Wilson from the Crown Prosecution Service. It was their hours of unrelenting support and thoroughness, which will be remembered by my family. This work and support, together with all of those individuals, whose lesser but just as important acts, have helped the legal process to fulfil its task.

“We respectfully ask the members of the press to distance themselves from all members of my family so we can reflect and find a way forward in the spirit that Debbie would have wanted.”

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