The family of a victim of the Reading attacker has raised « serious questions » about why he was free to carry out the murders despite his criminal history.
History teacher James Furlong (36), scientist Dr. David Wails (49) and US citizen Joseph Ritchie-Bennett (39) were stabbed to death by the 26-year-old failed Libyan asylum seeker Khairi Saadallah in June last year.
After Saadallah was given a lifelong order in old Bailey, said James’ father, Gary Furlong, « As to the facts of this case, there are now serious questions that need to be answered, particularly how the killer was ever able to do so. » commit these horrific acts.
« He sought asylum here in 2012 and received a litany of criminal convictions, including assaulting the public, police and ambulance services, and carrying a bladed weapon.
» While in prison, The Foreign Minister decided on June 4, 2020, just two weeks before the attack, that his deportation was in the public interest but was not possible for legal reasons.
« Despite his criminal history and threats prior to the attack, he was immediately returned Released into society and freely committed this horrific act in public. «
Regarding the verdict given yesterday by Justice Sweeney, he said: » We as a family applaud the entire life sentence. No other outcome would have been acceptable to us .
« We’d like to thank the law enforcement and investigation team and the judge for making sure that James, Joe, and David’s killers are fair and for the other victims who were injured that day.
« The last six months have been extremely difficult for our family and we are grateful for the support we have received, particularly from our police liaison officers.
« We’d like to thank James’ friends, family, and work colleagues and students throughout the school who have consistently been a great consolation.
» We’d also like to thank the public and the emergency services for the were there that evening to try to help. «
The family of Dr. Wails, a former researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast, said in a statement: « Losing our beloved son, brother and uncle has been devastating for us as a family.
« We know that our lives and the lives of everyone who knew and loved David will never be the same. We love you, David, may you, James and Joe rest in peace now. »
The Family thanked everyone involved and thanked those who subsequently helped.
They added, « We would also like to thank the people of Reading, including the LGBT community, for the love and support they have given us and the other families of those involved.
« David’s work colleagues and employers were also very nice to us and talked so much about him and showed us the respect they had for him and his work as a friend and colleague. «
Mr. Ritchie-Bennett is said to have been a devoted and loving husband who cared about the family.
His brother-in-law Stephen Bennett said, » Unfortunately, what happened at Forbury Gardens Joes is entitled to a fulfilling and pulsating life shortened.
The Reading terrorist who murdered three men in a park in a « quick, ruthless and brutal » knife attack was sentenced to life imprisonment.
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