Susan Prince, the mother of murdered Rugby woman Gemma Hayter, talks of the horror of having a child killed by five people

Susan Prince and DCI James Essex outside the Old Bailey
Susan Prince and DCI James Essex outside the Old Bailey


HOW did this happen?

Those are the poignant words from Susan Prince, mother of Gemma Hayter, on behalf of her family following the sentencing of her daughter’s killers.

In a family impact statement, she said: “To have your child murdered by one person is horrific, but five people? And why are they all so young! I couldn’t understand how it could have happened… five who did not try and stop it happening? Five and not one of them reported it? I still do not understand how young people such as this could do such a thing and they have shown no remorse whatsoever.

“I loved Gemma very much and miss her every day. I fought for nearly all her life to get her diagnosed and get her looked after when she reached adulthood. I feel that half my life has been almost wasted by what they have done. But I do have a lot of good memories which will help to keep Gemma alive in our hearts.

“I do not hate the five, I am not sure what I feel towards them, pity I think is the first thing that comes to mind. Such sad, wasted young lives.”

At the Old Bailey in London yesterday (Monday), Chantelle Booth, 22, was jailed for life for murder and must serve a minimum of 21 years.

Daniel Newstead, 20, also received a life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years for murder and Joe Boyer, 18, will serve at least 16 years for murder.

Jessica Lynas, 19, has been jailed for 13 years for manslaughter and Duncan Edwards, 19, of Ashwood Court, Rounds Gardens, Rugby, was jailed for 15 years for manslaughter.