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Mother’s fitting tribute to her murdered son

Rosemary Webb and friends with the boat

Rosemary Webb and friends with the boat

THE memory of her son’s death is still just as painful as it was 20 years ago.

But Rosemary Webb now has a permanent reminder of her son Julian as she looks out towards the sea at her home in Hayling Island.

Julian was murdered by his evil wife Dena Thompson who laced his dinner with strong anti-depressants at their home in Yapton, West Sussex, in 1994.

Thompson – dubbed the Black Widow – is serving life for his murder.

To mark two decades since his death, Mrs Webb has donated her son’s treasured boat to the Hayling Coastal Conservation Group who have restored it and filled it with flowers and placed it on the roundabout close to the Inn on the Beach on Hayling Seafront.

It was unveiled on Saturday along with a plaque to Julian and will serve as a memorial to him.

Mrs Webb said: ‘We saw the appeal that they wanted to have something for this roundabout and I thought Julian’s boat would be perfect for it.

‘He used to love it here and this is where he used to take the boat out from.

‘It’s connected to something he loved so it’s a lovely way to remember him.

‘I’m very thankful to the conservation group for their work and to the Inn on the Beach for their help.’

Julian worked in sales as the West Sussex Gazette, part of Johnston Press, which owns The News. He died the day after his 31st birthday.

Thompson was a conwoman who preyed on people she met through lonely hearts ads.

Following Julian’s murder, she married for a third time and was tried for the attempted murder of her third husband.

Although she was cleared, police officers delved further into Julian’s death and she was subsequently found guilty of his murder.

She is believed to have conned up to £500,000 out of various men. Thompson was jailed for life in 2003.

 

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