The relatives of murdered Stuart Morris have described going through “hell and heartbreak” since the death of their dearly loved “rock” of the family.
In a personal impact statement, the victim’s daughter, Cleo Algate, described her father’s killer as a “monster and a waste of space.”
Ms Algate’s comments, on behalf of the family, were read out by the prosecutor before killer, Martin Green, was given a 21 year and 10 month minimum term life sentence.
Ms Algate said they had lost an “amazing” and “special” dad and granddad.
She said: “We want the court to fully understand just how much our dad meant to us and the impact that this horrific murder has had on all of us.”
Green, 50, initially denied murdering Mr Morris, at Green’s flat in Heathcott Road, Saffron Lane, Leicester, on the afternoon of Tuesday April 14 – and only pleaded guilty this week.
During the sentencing hearing, the prosecutor, Pavlos Panayi QC, described 18-and-a-half stone Mr Morris, 50, as having struggled with ill health for some time – diabetes, arthritis, and angina.
The victim, of Earl Russell Street, off Ayletone Road, Leicester, had mobility problems and was battling an issue with alcohol – having “fallen off the wagon” the Friday before his death.
The Morris family considered Green a “bad influence” on their dad – who had always helped him out in times of need, Leicester Crown Court was told.
‘Lies and deceit’
Ms Algate stated: “Martin Green can no longer hide behind his lies and deceit.
“He’s put this family through six months of hell and heartbreak, knowing his guilt and not accepting responsibility for the brutal murder of someone who was supposed to be his friend (until pleading guilty this week).
“How do you explain that feeling of having our only remaining parent taken away from us?”
‘Heartache and anger’
Ms Algate stated: “Words will never explain the heartache, the anger, the pain and the sadness.
“We love and miss him so so much every day.”
“Our dad was brutally taken away in one of the most terrible, unforgiving ways and by someone that our dad called a friend of many years.
“That he knew dad was our last remaining parent is more heartbreaking.
“Martin, you knew that we were all still dependent on our dad, you knew some of his children still lived with him and would see our dad every day and you have shattered our world in one day.”
She added: “Dad leaves behind four daughters – myself, Rinee, Leah, Sharna; a step-daughter Carly and a son Sean.
“He leaves behind his siblings, Colin, Lynn, Graham and Jackie, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many more that loved him dearly.
Ms Algate said the grandchildren’s hearts were broken, as they struggled to understand why they would not see him again.
‘Monster and waste of space’
“Martin, you are a monster, you are a waste of space.
“You have proved that you were never a friend to our dad.
“Friends don’t murder friends.
“Our dad took Martin in out of the kindness of his own heart.
“Dad housed him when he had nowhere to go, fed him when he had no food, when everyone else abandoned him.
Victim trusted his killer
“Martin, he saw the good in you, he trusted you and you literally stabbed him in the back.
“We will never understand why you did this.
“But, we know that you did this knowing of the tragedies in our family’s past.
“You know how the scourge of knife crime has affected our family for decades and you know that dad’s niece was murdered in 1994 due to knife crime.
‘Our rock and gentle giant’
“Our dad was our rock and our shoulder to cry on.
“He was our big, cuddly, gentle giant that didn’t, in any way, deserve to be murdered.
“We never got to say goodbye, or to have one last ‘I love you’ or one of his hugs where all your troubles just melt away, or even to say ‘thank you’ for being our dad.”