'Cameron, we miss you terribly, you will never be forgotten'; Family statement after teen gets life sentence

'Cameron, we miss you terribly, you will never be forgotten'; Family statement after teen gets life sentence
Cameron Blair

CAMERON Blair's uncle Aidan Donnelly read out a statement on behalf of the Blair family after a 17-year-old was sentenced to life for murdering Cameron.

The statement said: "As you can imagine the murder of our beloved son Cameron and everything that has followed since has been a very harrowing time for us and all our family. 

"Today has been equally distressing but we welcome the conclusion of this aspect of the investigation into Cameron's cowardly murder. 

"The life sentence handed down today will not bring our beloved Cam back but will hopefully give some comfort if not now then over time. 

"It is just over three months since our son was murdered. 

"Having pleaded guilty we were told that due to the fact that the accused was a juvenile he had to be sentenced prior to his 18th birthday, resulting, it appears to us, in the case being expedited through the courts. 

"This allowed little time for us to grieve as a family. 

"We believe that this is something that needs to be examined and ask that appropriate authorities look into this.

"We would like to express our gratitude to a number of persons and groups - Detective Superintendent Michael Comyns and his team of detectives and other garda members who worked tirelessly in seeking justice for Cameron. 

"Their professionalism and dedication is very much appreciated. 

"Garda Brendan McBride, our family liaison officer, for his constant and continued understanding and support to help us through this ordeal and all other members of An Garda Siochana who provided help and assistance at various stages. 

"Advic and particularly Barbara for their counsel and support throughout.

"Anne Rowland SC and Liam Mulholland from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and other members of the State legal team and Mr Justice Paul McDermott for their professionalism and sensitivity throughout the court proceedings and legal process.

"Finally, we would also like to publicly thanks all our friends, neighbours, sporting clubs and our local community in Cork, who have been outstanding in their support and assistance to us from the moment that this awful time befell us. 

"Their kindness and unselfish giving of their time has been of enormous help to us to get through this ordeal and we will be eternally grateful to them. 

"We also thank all the other people from across the country and indeed far afield who have sympathised with us, offered support and provided comfort to us.

"What we saw in Ballinascarthy and Bandon was community spirit and kindness at its finest and prompted my sister Kathy while waiting Cam's return home from the CUH and in the midst of her overwhelming anguish to make a comment: 'You know Aidan, when I look around me here at all that people are doing for us now, their kindness, their support, I know there is more good in the world than bad'. 

"We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and we will never forget.

"Cameron, we miss you terribly, you will never be forgotten, you will always be remembered. 

"In your short 20 years, you did a lot, we did a lot and we thank you for the joy and love you brought into our lives. 

"Until we meet again, rest easy in peace Cam.

As you are aware there are other matters to come before the court in association with Cameron's murder, we will not therefore be making any further comments at this time and we ask that our privacy is respected as we come to terms with today's judgment and await what further proceedings are to come. Thank-you."

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