The emotional words of Derby stabbing victim Liam Pennick's grieving mother

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The mum of Allenton stabbing victim Liam Pennick has given a heart-rending victim impact statement to the court sentencing her son's killer.

June Hunt fought back the tears as she told the judge how her son “would not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle” if she gets married in the future.

Mr Pennick, 31, had only been sharing his Allenton home for a few days with mentally-ill James Eames.

Eames, 41, who had just been released from hospital and had not taken his medication, attacked Mr Pennick and stabbed him to death at their home in March.

Liam Pennick was stabbed to death by his housemate at his home in Allenton

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at a court hearing in August.

Mrs Hunt bravely read out her own victim impact statement to Eames' sentencing hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

In it, she made reference to the loss of her daughter, and Mr Pennick’s sister, Zoe, who was strangled to death 12 years ago. Her killer, Mark Martin, who also murdered two other women, dumped her body in a warehouse in Nottingham and was jailed for life.

In her statement, Mrs Hunt said: “How do I tell Liam’s 10-year-old daughter that her father was horrifically murdered?

“She goes to ballet and Liam always came to her dance shows. He was so proud of his little girl.”

Mrs Hunt said Mr Pennick's daughter performed at a show at Derby's Guildhall Theatre following her father’s death. She said: “She looked for him in the audience, she had suddenly forgotten he was not there. Her heart sank and so did mine.

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“Liam will not be able to see her grow up. He won’t see her in a prom dress or get to check out her boyfriends. He won’t be able to walk her down the aisle.”

Making reference to her daughter’s murder, Mrs Hunt said: “No parent should ever have to bury their child but this is the second time I have had to go through this because my daughter Zoe was murdered in 2004.”