Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Mother’s tears for jockey killed in suspicious fire

mother’s tears for jockey killed in suspicious fireBy Alistair Keely

Hundreds of mourners packed St Leonard and St Mary's Roman Catholic church in Malton, North Yorkshire, for the funeral mass of Jamie Kyne.

The 18-year-old, from Ireland, died when fire ripped through a flats complex in Norton, near Malton, on September 5.

Among the mourners yesterday was the jockey's trainer John Quinn.

Mr Kyne died with fellow apprentice jockey Jan Wilson (19), from Forfar, in Scotland.

Father Tim Bywater spoke of the “sickening horror” when news of the two deaths filtered through to the community.

He told the mourners: “We feel cheated, we feel betrayed.

“These people were so young, full of life, vibrant, focused, living the dream. What happened was awful.

“Our reaction shows how much people cared about Jamie and Jan.”

There were thought to be six people in the flats in Buckrose Court when the fire broke out at about 2.15am.

Earlier, they had been celebrating after receiving their “pool money” from a local trainer.

Mr Kyne and Miss Wilson were on the second floor, along with their friend Ian Brennan, who is also an apprentice but who jumped to safety.

A fourth person in the block, Irish apprentice jockey Dean Pratt, was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

A man in his 30s who was arrested in connection with the blaze remains on police bail.

Mr Kyne's parents Gerry and Madaline were joined by brothers Brandan, Daniel, Francis and Jason and sister Cassandra for the service.

Mr Kyne had 38 winners in 454 rides and rode in races for 113 different trainers.

Following the service, his body was due to be flown back to Ireland for a private burial.

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