21 November 2017
Statement From The Wife of Steve Nash
British paraglider Steve Nash was murdered in Mongolia in September 2016. On Friday, November 17, 2017 Gantulga Batsukh was found guilty of murdering Steve and sentenced to 16 years in jail.
Following the trial Steve’s wife Shirley and his family released this statement: “When Steve was taken from us our lives were destroyed forever. Steve’s loss has had an utterly devastating impact on me and Steve's family.
“Since Steve was taken from me, I feel so alone and lost and my whole life is pointless without him. It is so unfair; not just on us, but on Steve himself. He loved life, had so much to live for and had so many plans and ambitions. I have lost my husband and my best friend. When this person ended Steve's life, he ended mine too.
“Steve’s mother Thelma is bereft at the loss of her son and describes it as a nightmare she can’t get away from. She can’t come to terms with what has happened. Steve’s sister, Diane, has lost her hero and mentor. She looked up to her only brother with great pride and is struggling to make any sense of what has happened and how anybody could hurt such a kind and caring man.
“We all have so many precious memories of Steve. He was a true gentleman who loved life and lived every minute to the full, showing kindness and respect to everyone he met.
“He is also missed by his many friends and it is much appreciated how they endeavour to keep Steve's memory alive by 'Remembering Steve' in many ways, whilst they continue to love and live life to the full, just as Steve did.
“He was loved by us all and we cannot put into words how much we miss him. Nothing will ever bring Steve back but we are relieved that his killer has now been brought to justice.”
Kieran Mitchell, a specialist travel lawyer from Slater and Gordon, who represents the family, said: “Steve was a much loved husband, brother and son whose despicable murder has devastated them. He was trying to cross the Khangai Nuruu mountain range in Mongolia when he was needlessly and senselessly killed in a robbery to satisfy another man’s greed. To lose a loved one is always difficult, but for Steve’s family to lose him in this way far from home has been difficult for them to come to terms with. I only hope that now his killer has been brought to justice the family will be able to begin to rebuild their lives as best they can.”