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We'll never get over what happened to our Paul; ? Distraught mum vows her fight for justice will continue ? Angel statue could join Paisley's war on knife crime Heartbreak goes on over tragic Paul's death.


? Knife thug accused of killing Allison's son is caged for stab attack A Paisley mum has told of her torment after the blade thug accused of her son's murder was jailed for leaving another man paralysed in a knife attack.

Allison Kelly, 73, said her family has never recovered from TURN TO PAGE 5 FROM PAGE 1 the death of 32-year-old Paul who was killed outside a Bath pub on New Year's Eve in 2007.

A year later, knife fiend Nathan Dixon was acquitted by a jury of causing tragic Paul's death.

However, he has since been caged for 15 years after stabbing a childhood friend.

Speaking to the Paisley Daily Express as she launched her campaign to bring a 'Knife Angel' sculpture to Renfrewshire, Allison said knowing the man who was cleared of killing Paul then left a friend paralysed is "heartbreaking".

She said: "Our family has been devastated by what happened to Paul. We are still angry.

"Knowing that the man who was acquitted over Paul's death went on to stab and paralyse someone is heartbreaking.

"We knew what he was capable of.

"If he had been found guilty he would have been in jail and that wouldn't have happened."

Allison, from Seedhill, admits her son's death is something that's with her everyday.

"I tried to put it to the back of my head but it's hard," she said.

"Paul's dad passed away recently. He never got over what happened to his son. His death has had a ripple effect. It's not just us that has been impacted, it's the next generation too."

Allison believes the case against her son's killer could still be solved if people come forward.

"People were too scared to speak out," she said.

"The community closed ranks but the police say the case isn't closed," she added.

Paul had moved to Bath from Paisley and was helping at a drug rehab centre at the time of his murder.

He was out celebrating New Year when his friends became involved in an argument with a group of men and women.

The row became a brawl in the lane next to the pub and in the melee Paul was stabbed multiple times.

A post mortem revealed that Paul died of stab wounds to the abdomen.

More than 20 people were thought to have witnessed the fatal brawl.

But in the months after the attack, police described a "wall of silence" from those who had been in the pub on the night of the attack.

Allison along with children Stephen, 47, Tracey, 45 and Allison 42, want to bring the Knife Angel sculpture to the heart of Paisley.

Wrought by artist Alfie Bradley from thousands of knives surrendered to or confiscated by police, the angel is described as a "monument against violence and aggression" and is accompanied on its tour by educational activities highlighting the true impact of carrying knives.

"I want to bring the Knife Angel to Paisley as a way of educating young people on the dangers of carrying a knife," Allison said.

"It has never been to Scotland. I know lots of places have problems with knife crime but Paisley has had its own share of tragedies so I think bringing it here outside the abbey would be a good place.

"And it's not just the sculpture it is all the educational work that goes in around it in schools which is important.

"Our family was devastated by knife crime and we don't want it to happen to anyone else's family."

Allison has already gathered the support of Renfrewshire Council's SNP group and is set to meet MP Mhairi Black over the plan.


Tragic Paul Kelly died in Bath on New Year's Eve in 2007. A thug was later acquitted of causing his death

Grieving Allison Kelly

Sombre This antiblade statue could be heading to Paisley

Heartbreak Allison and her daughter Tracey Ryan
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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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