Jamie was the light in our lives, says father
He will remember him as a son and friend with a cheeky smile that brightened up every day.
Those were the words of heartbroken father Gerry Kyne yesterday as he recalled his son Jamie, whose life was ended in a fire lit by a disgruntled caretaker, Peter Brown, at a flat complex in England.
Jamie (18), from Kiltrogue, Co Galway, and his friend Jan Wilson (19), from Scotland, were on the top floor and unable to escape the blaze that ravaged their flat complex in Yorkshire on September 5 last year.
On Thursday, Brown, originally from Scotland but living in Brotherton, North Yorkshire, was found guilty of their manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court. Ms Justice Nicola Davies adjourned sentencing pending the preparation of further reports on Brown.
Regarded as the next star jockey in waiting, Jamie captured the attention of the racing world in Britain with a series of eye-catching performances during his all-too-brief career.
Yesterday, his father was back home in Co Galway after reliving the terrible events of the night that ended his son's life.
"Now the trial part is all behind us, we can get on with the business of properly mourning Jamie. I've no issues with the verdict," he said.
"I was there as much for Jamie as I was for myself and for the family. But it was hard to listen to the events of that night."
The entire family had been greatly supported by the communities in Co Galway and much further afield, Gerry said.
"Jamie was an exceptional kid, son, friend and brother," he added.
"He had big, brown eyes and a cheeky smile and he'd make every day a good day."