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Parents of Chris Donovan, murdered in Ewell in 2001, back Restorative Justice Week

Nov 21, 2014

from the article by Chris Caulfield in the Surrey Comet:

The parents of an 18-year-old murdered in the street have spent Restorative Justice Week telling school children how even the smallest decisions can have an enormous impact on people's lives.

Chris Donovan was beaten unconscious while walking home through Ewell with his brother Phil after a night out in 2001.

They were set on by three youngsters who left Chris lying in the road where he was hit by a passing car, although medical experts said during the murder trial the following year that he had already sustained fatal injuries.

After the trial his parents Ray and Vi Donovan, of Clyde Road, Sutton, said "We have felt deep anger towards the defendants but are determined to forgive them for the grievous wrong they have done."

They set up The Chris Donovan Trust, campaigning to put the victim at the heart of the criminal justice system and to give those who have suffered the opportunity to meet the criminals who have changed their lives forever - something they have done themselves when they met their son's killers after they finished their life sentences.....

Ray and Vi's charity, the Chris Donovan Trust, was set up in their son's memory to give talks in schools, offender institutions and prisons to highlight the consequences of extreme behaviour and to raise awareness of the benefits of restorative justice. For further information visit: www.chrisdonovantrust.org.

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