GARY SPEED’S mum is among several log writers to lose their jobs at Chester Crown Court.
Carol Speed, whose job involved tape recording criminal proceedings and making accompanying notes, had worked part-time at the court.
But the Ministry of Justice is bringing in digital recording of court proceedings in England and Wales which in Chester will be computer-controlled by the clerk of each court from January. The move affects seven log writers based in Chester and Warrington crown courts.
Like all the log writers, Mrs Speed, who lives with her husband Roger in Queensferry, is self-employed but works for Cater Walsh Reporting on behalf of the Ministry.
Colleague Judith Windsor, from Little Sutton, believes Mrs Speed may not have returned to work anyway given the death of her son Gary, from Huntington, Chester, who managed the Welsh national side.
She said Mrs Speed had always remained level-headed despite her son’s prominence and she was in her thoughts at this difficult time.
Mrs Windsor, a former teacher who has been a log writer for 13 years, said of losing her own role: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it and have loved working with the other court staff. It’s been interesting and it’s great learning curve.
“I think all members of the public should make a point of coming to court to see how it works. So many people don’t realise they are even allowed in.”
Mrs Windsor, who is studying a creative writing course, would love to become a published author once she finishes her court work.
Gary Speed, 42, a father-of-two, was found hanged by his wife Louise in the garage of their home in Aldford Road, Huntington, on November 27. His inquest will be heard at Warrington Coroner’s Court on January 30, 2012.