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My life was ripped apart by Richard's murder: dad

By Staff Reporter

The victim's father Richard Miskelly senior told of his loss in a statement.

He said: "Richard was my only son and we were very close. We were in touch every day. I either saw him in person or talked to him on the phone. We had a lot of interests in common.

"I had bought Richard a motorbike to fix up and work on, but he never got to find out about it.

"On the morning I was told my son had been murdered, my whole life was turned upside down. It felt like a bad dream.

"Part of my life is missing and nothing is going to bring Richard back. I wanted it to be me, not him, lying in the mortuary. I was shaking and angry with so many emotions I can't explain. My beautiful son was nearly unrecognisable. I wished I was the one lying in the laneway, not Richard. My baby boy, lying there, I couldn't breathe, I felt wounded like someone had ripped my heart out.

"After Richard's death, we visited his grave every day. I built a memorial to him where he died and I still visit it regularly too.

"The first time I saw the person accused of murdering my son, I started to shake and break out in a sweat. There are no words to describe how I felt.

"I also found court very difficult because he has never shown any emotion or said 'sorry'.

"Rhys Magee will always have a life, and see and speak with his family. On the other hand, I have no son to speak to, only a grave to visit. I will never again see my son smile or laugh; I will never see him get married or start a family. My life will never be the same again."

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