‘The guilt as a mother is overwhelming at times’: Melissa Liddle mum’s court statement

Forensic teams arrive at the crime scene in Oak Avenue, South Shields.
Forensic teams arrive at the crime scene in Oak Avenue, South Shields.

The mum of Melissa Liddle said her daughter could ‘light up a room’ in a statement read out in court.

Melissa’s mum, Tracey Keighley, said in her victim statement that her daughter loved all special occasions and had been excited to give out Mother’s Day gifts.

She described her daughter as strong, loyal, sincere, beautiful and caring.

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She added: “I always hoped she would grow up just as she did.

“She made me feel so proud every day.

“I feel privileged to call her my daughter.

“She could light up a room with her smile.

“I wish I could see her just once more.

“We all miss her so much it is painful.

“Thinking about her last moments, thinking about her fighting for her life and the fear she must have felt, the guilt as a mother is overwhelming at times, that I wasn’t there to help her.”