Tuesday 26 September 2017

Murdered 'kind, caring and loving' Keith Walker's widow says telling her sons he was dead was worst day of her life

Eimear Cotter

THE WORST day of Lorraine Walker’s life was the day she had to tell her two boys that their “kind, caring and loving” father was dead.

Mrs Walker said the look on their faces when she delivered the terrible news that their father was gone, had been brutally murdered, will “never leave me”.

An emotional and tearful Mrs Walker said she and Keith were childhood sweethearts and were together for 17 years.

In her victim impact statement after Christopher McDonald (34) was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of murdering her 35-year-old husband Keith, Mrs Walker said Keith was her soulmate and her best friend.

She said that she loves him and misses him every single day.

How anyone could kill another individual she doesn’t know, she said, and to the killers she said “shame on them”.

Mrs Walker said Keith was an innocent man, who was taken from her and her boys for "no reason".

Mr Walker’s sister Michelle said Keith was a “proud father, amazing brother and a loving son”.

She said he was “dearly loved” by his family and is “dearly missed”.

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Michelle said Keith was a good man who enjoyed the simple things in life. She said he had the ability to convert a room full of strangers to one of friends.

She said her brother enjoyed many sports, but his main hobby was pigeon racing, which he had enjoyed since childhood.

Michelle said the family’s world shattered on the day Keith was killed and the family was “broken” by what happened.

She said the Keith will never again walk through the door, never embrace his sons, never get to enjoy them growing up.

She also said the family will never see him smile again, will never hear his last words.

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Michelle said that Keith was the eldest of three siblings.

Their mother passed away in 2014, prior to Keith’s death. “It is the only time we are grateful she is not with us” she said, as she would have been devastated at the loss of her eldest child.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said he must impose a life sentence for murder.

He sentenced McDonald to life in prison, back dated to when he first went into custody in June 2015.

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