A man whose mum was murdered has helped organise a conference for families who face living with the heartache of losing a loved one at the hands of a killer.
The National Victims’ Association will host its annual conference this weekend and willsee its founder David Hines launch a call on the Government to remove convicted killers from the Human Rights Act or exclude them from the Bill of Rights which could be passed.
He is organising the event with Kevin Hogg, who was three when his mum, Billingham woman Julie Hogg, was killed in 1989.
Billy Dunlop was jailed for life after he became the first to be retried for murder in the wake of changes to the double jeopardy law.
Kevin, 29, who is a company director of Victim Care alongside Mr Hines, said: “It is more like a retreat than a conference where everybody can meet someone the same as them, where some have had a conviction and others haven’t. It’s like an extended family were they can relate to other people and share each others experiences.”
Other relatives of murder and manslaughter victims from across Teesside are among those expected to attend, as are the Homicide Action Group, solicitors, a coroner and MPs.
Mr Hines, whose daughter Marie was killed by her ex-partner in 1992, said: “This is an opportunity to rekindle friendships and for them to meet somebody else who has been through the same thing.
“A lot of them feel isolated and spend the rest of the year sitting in their homes.”
The conference is on Saturday at the Little Haven Hotel in South Shields from 9am.