Following the court case against Jean-Louis Cayrou Jean Wilson, the mother of Patricia Wilson, released the following statement.
“When Patricia was so cruelly taken away from me I didn’t just lose a daughter, but my best friend, my confident and the person I would turn to when I was low. She was the perfect daughter and when she died it broke my heart.
“To lose a child is a devastating experience, but to lose a child in this manner, through an act of extreme violence, is indescribable. When her life was snatched away in such a brutal way a large part of my own was taken away forever. Losing her was the biggest sadness of my life and has left a gap that can never be filled.
“I think about her and the terrible circumstances of her death every day. All I am left with are the fond memories of my loving daughter and the wonderful times we spent together. I will never forget her.
“I am pleased that justice has finally been done and that Mr Cayrou has been found guilty of this horrific crime. But this verdict is tinged with sadness as I will always have to live without the daughter who I loved from the bottom of my heart.”
Kieran Mitchell, a lawyer from Slater and Gordon who is representing Mrs Wilson, said: “This was a brutal murder of an innocent woman whose only mistake was to have a brief relationship with the wrong man. Cayrou cruelly murdered her simply because she said she didn’t want to be with him.
“Not content with cruelly taking her life he disposed of her body so her family were unable to lay her to rest and then denied any part in the murder despite clear evidence of his guilt. He has put Patricia’s mother Jean through an added ordeal of this criminal trial, showing how heartless and lacking in remorse he really is. I am grateful to the French court that justice has finally been done.”