AFTER sitting through almost three weeks of the trial, Ann admits she felt physically sick moments before the jury returned their guilty verdicts.
Ann sat through the full trial from start to finish, praying she would get justice for Mark.
And she admits that was the only thing that kept her going at Teesside Crown Court.
“I had dreaded the court case, we all had,” said Ann.
“It was such a long wait. I can’t really tell you how I felt when I saw them (Sowerby and Middleton) in the dock.
“They just looked like bairns. I looked at them and wondered why they had done that to Mark.
“I wanted to ask them why. Why?
“It was hard, and there were a couple of times I had to leave the courtroom.
“I got a bit upset, but I didn’t want to disturb the judge.
“It was awful having to hear all of the detail about what they did with the axe.
“I kept thinking why did nobody help him? If just one of them had grabbed the axe, this might not have happened,
“Someone could have saved Mark.
“They lied in that dock. But I sat there and listened to it, I had to for Mark’s sake. I wanted justice for him.
“When the jury came back in, I felt physically sick. What if they got off?
“When they returned the verdict, me, Brian and Craig all just burst into tears.
“But then Craig said he didn’t really feel any better from it, and he was right.
“I don’t feel sorry for them, I don’t feel anything for them. What they got sentenced to was the least they deserved.
“If it was down to me, I’d have locked them up and thrown away the key.
“They knew what they were doing. They heard the verdict and were sent down, but they’re still alive while my son is still dead.”