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OUR LOST ROSE; Mum's tribute on tragic Moira's birthday: NO DAUGHTER COULD BE MORE PRECIOUS: Parents' moving message for Moira as jurors also send flowers.

THE parents of Moira Jones yesterday left red roses for her birthday in the park where she was brutally murdered.

Hugh and Beatrice's touching message for Moira - who would have been 41 - read: "On your special day. We wish you peace and we send you Anguish: Flowers lie at scene of the murder all we can. Our love always. Mum and Dad. No daughter could be more precious."

They made their emotional visit days after her killer Marek Harcar was jailed for life.

There was also a floral tribute and message from the jury who convicted the Slovakian at the High Court in Glasgow last week.

They left a simple purple hyacinth plant at the spot where the saleswoman was killed with the message: "To Moira, we never knew you but we're sure you were wonderful.We did our best for justice. From the jury."

More than 250 miles away in Moira's home village of Weston, near Stafford, friends left flowers at her graveside.

One bouquet from close pal Rebecca Whitehouse read: "Moi, you are so wonderful to think about, but so hard to live without. Happy Birthday honey. Love and miss you always."

Rebecca, who asked Moira to be her son Morgan's godmother, said: "We all loved Moira from the bottom of our hearts and miss her very much."

Moira was abducted by Harcar as she returned to her Queen's Park flat on May 28 last year after a row with boyfriend Paul Thompson, 43.

Harcar bundled Moira into the park, brutally beat her, then raped her before battering her to death.

Harcar, 33, who had previous convictions for violence, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years.

He has already boasted he is an amateur kickboxing champ to inmates in Barlinnie prison and has claimed he left one of his victims wheelchair-bound in an assault in Slovakia. He is still claiming his innocence despite compelling forensic evidence. After he was found guilty, Beatrice, 67, paid tribute to her lost daughter in an emotional statement outside court.

She said: "Our precious girl had her life stolen from her in the most savage way by an evil, depraved monster.

"She was robbed of everything she had to look forward to for herself and for others and we have been deprived of the pleasure of sharing her life."

In the months before her death Moira was said to have been increasingly worried about security because of two g.macaskill@sundaymail.co.uk homeless hostels situated near her home.

She campaigned for their closure amid concerns criminals and drug addicts were residents.

But Harcar's QC Paul McBride has revealed 22 sex offenders found in the local neighbourhood by police during the murder investigation came from just 70 houses and did not include the hostels nearby.

McBride said: "It was an extraordinary number which surprised the police.

"The important issue for locals is there are no checks on the offenders unless they are on parole." Politicians are also calling for tougher restrictions on criminals being let in to the UK from other EU countries.

Harcar had 13 previous convictions and had done time for serious assault - although he had no record for sex crimes.

His conviction followed the jailing of two Eastern Europeans for killing Lithuanian Jolante Bledaite in Arbroath, Angus.

A fund set up in Moira's name has already been given scores of donations and pledges.

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