Jackie Kirk’s children communicate of her 21-calendar year courage


The youngsters of a female who died 21 several years just after getting set alight have compensated tribute to her bravery and explained to how grateful they are for each individual day she lived subsequent the attack.

Steven Craig, 58, was previously handed a discretionary daily life sentence and served just about 19 several years in jail for grievous bodily hurt with intent on Jackie Kirk, and two offenses relating to a 2nd woman.

He was arrested and billed with murder in 2021 – two yrs right after Ms Kirk died from a ruptured abdomen – and convicted of the cost all through a trial at Bristol Crown Courtroom in Oct.

On Wednesday, Mrs Justice Stacey jailed Craig for existence with a least time period of 15 several years and 5 times – bringing the complete sum of time he will provide for the attack to 34 many years.

As component of the listening to, Ms Kirk’s daughter Sonna go through a statement to the court detailing how she was 13 decades aged and her brother Shane was aged 22 when their mom was very seriously wounded.

She explained the pair getting 3 buses to Frenchay Medical center in Bristol, where by Ms Kirk was getting treated for burns to 35 for each cent of her body.

“Me and Shane were being greeted by a nurse who told us to put together ourselves,” Sonna mentioned.

“I knew she would be burned and really hard to figure out but when I walked into her space I had to just take the nurse’s word for this (that) the individual I noticed sitting in the mattress was my mum as it seemed very little like her.

“I did my finest to cover my shock and gave her a cuddle but this man or woman just did not glimpse like my mum. She experienced a very skinny system, hardly any hair and a patchy deal with.

“She had tight skin on her face, no lips and just a slit for a mouth. She experienced no nostrils, and the scar tissue that pulled limited throughout her encounter was pulling her bottom eyelids down. She appeared like an alien.

“We sat on her mattress and she wrote on a notepad as she had no voice, with just a tube in her throat so she could breathe.

“As we sat on her bed she started to compose and although messy it appeared like my mum’s composing. The text she wrote also sounded like what my mum would say.

“I appeared at her feet, her toes ended up my mum’s toes and I knew then that this was my mum. I keep in mind thinking that this was absurd that the only way I could figure out my mum was by her toes.”

York Press: Jackie Kirk and her daughter SonnaJackie Kirk and her daughter Sonna (Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

Ms Kirk was at first specified a daily life expectancy of 10 a long time but survived for 21, observing her youngsters increase up, get married and develop into moms and dads them selves.

On the other hand, in 2019 her kids ended up told that she was very seriously unwell in medical center and hastened to be at her bedside.

Sonna claimed: “It was at that instant I experienced my previous conversation with her and I requested her what she required to do. My mum wrote back on her pad ‘AM I DYING’.

“I instructed her she was as I felt I required to be honest with her and I felt she necessary to know as she had been through so significantly.

“I wished to give her the decision to are living or to die and my mum then wrote again ‘GIVE ME Lots OF DRUGS’.

“It was soon soon after this that my mum slipped out of consciousness and she died with me and Shane by her bedside holding her hand.”

She additional: “I put in 21 yrs experience grateful and grateful for each individual additional working day that I acquired to spend with my mum.”

Ms Kirk’s son Shane explained how she not often understood about her accidents but at the time admitted she was usually in discomfort, observed it hard to sleep and would have nightmares when she did.

“Mum was just 40 many years outdated when she was burned, but she managed to discover her voice yet again soon after getting told she would under no circumstances converse,” he claimed.

“She conquer all the odds and went on to have in excess of 20 more yrs that I will normally be grateful for.

“I will normally come to feel that mum really should and could have had and performed so substantially a lot more in her everyday living but Stephen Craig has taken her from our lives also shortly.”

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