16th Dec, 2018

Grieving mum of Jaydon James who was fatally stabbed in Coventry issues plea for justice

Felix Nobes 4th Dec, 2018

THE GRIEVING mum of a boy fatally stabbed in Coventry has pleaded with people in the city to help her secure justice for her son.

Gemma James has spoken out for the first time since her son Jaydon James was murdered in Wood End on Saturday, November 24.

She has pleaded with Coventry’s communities to work with detectives in their bid to put the killer behind bars.

She described 16-year-old Jaydon as a ‘lovely, thoughtful lad’ – and said seeking violent retribution for the murder was not the answer.

She said: “Jaydon was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew and grandson.

“He was a kind person and thoughtful to others, especially the homeless and he would often donate clothes to those less fortunate.

“I don’t want anyone to take matters into their own hands and to use Jaydon’s death as an excuse to start conflict or to seek their own retribution.

“That will not solve anything and would make an awful situation even worse.

“I want people to work with the police to get justice for Jaydon.

“I need people to tell them what happened and who was responsible.

“Justice needs to come through the courts and with the killer or killers spending their life behind bars – not by exacting any kind of revenge through violence.

“I know people out there, people who knew Jaydon, know who is responsible for my son’s death and I would urge them with all my heart to please do the right thing and speak to the police.”

Jaydon was with friends in Deedmore Road when he was stabbed. He died in hospital soon after being admitted.

His two friends, who were also injured, have since been released from hospital.

West Midlands Police arrested a 16-year-old boy from an address in Oxford on November 29 in connection with the fatal stabbing.

The teen, of no fixed address but with links to Coventry, was bailed on suspicion of murder but charged with an unconnected robbery on October 19.

He has been remanded into secure youth detention ahead of his next court appearance on Friday )December 7).

Anyone with information can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.

Alternatively people can call West Midlands Police directly in confidence on 101.

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