Thursday 23 November 2017

'Our son Thomas was against all forms of violence' - victim's parents

Thomas Heinrich and Alexandra Heinrich
Thomas Heinrich and Alexandra Heinrich
Thomas Heinrich
Thomas Heinrich
Wesley Kelly arriving at Dublin Central Criminal Court

The parents of a German student stabbed to death on a Dublin street said their son was against all forms of violence.

Thomas Heinrich (22) was the only son Wolfgang and Alexandra Heinrich.

Speaking after the sentencing of their son’s killer Wesley Kelly (20), the couple said they were relieved this chapter on their son’s death had been closed.

Kelly (20) was sentenced to six and a half years for the manslaughter of a German student in 2012.

Another Dublin teenager was sentenced to seven years for the murder of the student at the Central Criminal Court today.

“We are relieved that this chapter is closed, put it like that,” Thomas Heinrich said earlier today.

“We are now at the stage where we have to reinvent our lives and go forward and do something different,” he added.

Paying tribute to his late son, he said he was against all forms of violence.

“He was a bright young man, very sociable, made many friends back at home as well as here, helpful to people around [him] and very against violence in all ways.”

Thomas’ parents have set up a university scholarship in his name together with their son’s alma mater in Germany, and Griffith College in Dulbin.

Speaking about the gardai who investigated their son’s death, Alexandra Heinreich described them as a “great support, a very great support. We can’t speak highly enough of them”.

“We really have nothing but praise for the garda as well as for the justice system here in supporting us and looking after us,” Wolfgang said.

“Knife crime is an absolutely horrible crime and really something must be done against it,” Wolfgang said.

When asked what measures could be taken against knife crime, Alexandra said: “That’s not for us to say. We’re not Irish. It’s not our system. It’s your system.”

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