Murdered Washington teen’s family will ‘live with the pain every day’

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A GRIEVING grandmother has spoken of her despair after her son was jailed for life for killing her teenage grandson in a savage knife attack.

Alan Cooper knifed 14-year-old Jordan in front of the victim’s grandmother, the killer’s mother, Susan Smith.

The three were living together at her home in Newriggs, Washington, when 32-year-old Cooper struck.

After a five-day trial, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted him of murder by a majority last week.

He had admitted killing Jordan in February, but claimed he had suffered an abnormality of mind, which diminished his responsibility.

The jury heard Cooper had a history of violence towards family members when drunk.

Handing him a life sentence and ordering he serve at least 22 years before being considered for parole, Judge John Milford said Cooper was a “highly dangerous” man.

He said: “You have been a bully since you were a small child and given to losing your temper and using violence, which is more likely when you have taken drink.

“You took the decision to kill Jordan, which you did not repent.

“You take no responsibility for your actions.”

The court heard that he and his nephew had bickered after the teenager used his uncle’s phone to contact a girlfriend on Facebook.

Cooper had teased Jordan that he would contact the girl later and an argument ensued.

Mrs Smith defused the row and her grandson watched television with her in her room.

As they sat in the dark, her son burst in and attacked Jordan.

Jordan’s grandmother Susan Smith paid tribute to her grandson in a statement which was read at the hearing.

She said: “He was a very caring person, full of life and laughter. He had a lovely personality and got on with everyone.

“I cannot adequately describe the gaping hole that is left in our lives or the despair we feel.”

Speaking after the sentencing, Jordan’s family said they would have to “live with the pain” of losing Jordan every day.

“This is not a victory for us,” they said in a statement. “There are no winners out of this trial.

“It doesn’t change anything.

“We have to live with our pain every day and the knowledge that we will never have Jordan back.

“The jury came to the right decision and we are grateful to them for that.

“Justice has been done and now we have to try to rebuild our lives without Jordan.”

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