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I'll miss my boy, says murder victim Philip Strickland's mum as killer farmer Jimmy Seales is jailed

BY ASHLEIGH McDONALD

The heartbroken mother of murder victim Philip Strickland has described her son as a "good big fella" who she will miss for ever.

Speaking after all four men involved in the brutal killing were sentenced, Liz Dempster said she can't forgive them for what they had done.

She said: "They are evil, especially after what they did to degrade him as well.

"My son came into this world perfect and when he left he wasn't perfect. They left him scarred so badly that I didn't get to see him. They haven't got the decency to say sorry.

"He was a good big fella, he would have given you the last pound out of his pocket and the shirt off his back. I will miss him for ever."

She was speaking after 56-year old farmer Jimmy Seales, who orchestrated the "brutal and senseless" murder of the Comber man, was told yesterday he will serve a minimum 15-year prison sentence with no remission.

Sentencing Seales at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, Mr Justice Weir told him "you will be a very old man before you become eligible to be considered for release" by the Paroles Commission.

Mr Strickland (36) was shot in the leg, bundled into his own car and driven a short distance before being shot in the face.

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