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Wervin man Jimmy Ithell pays emotional tribute to his murdered brother

THE brother of murder victim Martin Ithell read an emotional statement outside court after his killers were jailed.

THE brother of murder victim Martin Ithell read an emotional statement outside court after his killers were jailed.

Jimmy Ithell, from Wervin, who suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day, spoke to TV crews and reporters outside Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

Just moments earlier Scott Davidson, 23, from Frodsham, had been given life imprisonment for murder and his ex-girlfriend Rachael Horton, 20, from Little Sutton, had been sentenced to eight years for manslaughter.

Mr Ithell, standing alongside his brother’s partner Sarah Potbury, said: “In March 2011 Martin’s life was tragically taken away from him and it has left our family with a great void in our lives which will never be filled.

“Martin was foremost a gentleman, very kind, a caring, compassionate person who was always ready to support his family and friends.

“Martin will always be remembered with great love and fondness and his memory will be treasured forever.

“On behalf of our family, I would like to thank the murder investigation team and the criminal justice system for their help, support and guidance during recent months and bringing to justice two people who took the life of an innocent man.”

Mr Ithell, who runs Wervin- based Jockey-a-cab, was asked by reporters about the description of his brother in court as ‘a loan shark’, which he dismissed as ‘wrong’.

Asked if he thought his brother would still be alive had he not been involved in money lending, Mr Ithell responded: “I don’t think that would have made any difference. He was meant to be a friend of Scott Davidson and he was just trying to help Scott Davidson out.”

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