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'It doesn't help, nothing will bring him back' - Mother of Irish BBC cameraman on his killer's execution last weekend

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 04/01/2016 | 18:58

Simon Cumbers was killed in the attack in Riyadh, Saudi in 2004
Simon Cumbers was killed in the attack in Riyadh, Saudi in 2004
Simon Cumbers, a BBC cameraman from Navan

The mother of an Irish cameraman, shot dead in Saudi Arabia 12 years ago, has said her family did not want their son's killer to be executed at the weekend.

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Simon Cumbers (36) from Navan, was killed while working in Riyadh, the Saudi capital in 2004.

His killer was one of 47 individuals executed by the Saudi government on Saturday.

BBC reporter Frank Gardner (54) was seriously injured in the same gun attack.

He has since recovered and despite being partially paralysed he has continued to broadcast.

Simon's mother Bronagh told The Irish Sun that the Cumbers family did not want their son's killer to face this punishment.

"We feel that Simon wouldn't have wanted anything like this.

"We didn't want the fellow to be executed either.

"It doesn't help, nothing will bring him back," she said.

Bronagh Cumbers said that her family will never get closure.

Read More: Terrorist who killed Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers executed by Saudi Arabia

"He was the greatest fellow that has ever been put on this earth," she said.

Simon's killer, Adel al-Dhubaiti, was executed just days ago after being sentenced to death  in November 2014 for the deadly attack.

Following the news in 2014 that al-Dhubaiti had been sentenced to death, Gardner declined the offer to meet him.

"He is completely unrepentant.

"He has never said sorry.

"He is still in the mindset that he had when he attacked us.

"So forgiveness is not an option," he said.

Meanwhile the UN's Chief Human Rights official criticised Saudi Arabia in relation to the recent executions.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein described the situation as "very disturbing indeed, particularly as some of those sentenced to death were accused of non-violent crimes."

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