It was very hard to understand what was being said between the solicitors and the DPP. The judge sentenced my son to seven years. There was uproar in the court: all the family were screaming and crying. The judge then suspended three years and my son was led away. I couldn’t look at him being taken down. I’ll never forget that moment for as long as I live. We weren’t even able to see him for a few minutes after he was sentenced which made it even harder. …..We felt so helpless and didn’t know who to speak to to find out how he was coping with prison. That evening there was a call from the prison. He was so worried about us that he asked someone to ring on his behalf to find out how we were and to tell us he was OK. …..It’s so hard to see your son locked up and be unable even to touch him.

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