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Wife of murder victim releases new book
4:14pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
THE wife of a man murdered by a gang led by a Crewe teenager has released a book detailing the pain she is still dealing with six years later.
The murder of Helen Newlove’s husband Garry sent shockwaves across the country.
The 47-year-old was brutally kicked to death outside his family home by an abusive teenage gang, led by Adam Swellings from Crewe, who was then 19.
Swellings moved to Crewe from Warrington, but returned to the area regularly.
The teenager, who had multiple previous convictions, had been released from prison the morning of Garry’s death.
Swellings (pictured below) led Stephen Paul Scorton, then 17, and Jordan Cunliffe, then 16 in a violent assault against the father-of-three after he had gone outside believing the trio had vandalised his car.
Six years on, his 51-year-old widow Helen recounts the dreadful night and her life as a victims’ rights campaigner in her book It Could Happen to You.
Helen said: “I’m relieved it’s finally out there and will hopefully make some money for charity.
“I thought it could be a nice legacy left for Garry and perhaps if we ever have grandchildren they will want to know what type of person he was.
“It was quite exhausting putting it together and talking about it still makes me feel physical pain and sickness.
“It was cathartic making sure Garry was never forgotten and a way of thanking everyone in Warrington for their outstanding support and kindness.”
Helen, who worked with a ghost writer to produce the book, said she was overwhelmed after receiving between 600 and 700 letters from well-wishers after Garry died.
Helen added: “The court case was draining and we had to go into robotic mode with no control over what was being said and having to rely on the system.
“I didn’t say anything other than the way we felt at the time but the reaction was overwhelming.”
The book gives an insight into Helen’s new role in London after she was given a seat in the House of Lords and then became Baroness Newlove of Warrington, campaigning against anti-social behaviour.
She added: “My mum has read the book and said she is really proud and was in tears.
“We’re a normal family who had huge tragedy in their lives.
“Lots of families have suffered but not had the support I’ve had so this book acknowledges them too, as the title says it could happen to you.”
Proceeds of the book sales go to victims’ charities and the Warrington Wolves Foundation.
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