….well, OK, in this case, clearly just mum. Dad’s out of the picture, and who could blame him?
Mrs Smith said: ‘Damon’s not a killer, he’s a good boy. You know he’s not a terrorist. He just made a smoke bomb and the prank went wrong.
‘He’s just a vulnerable little boy who needs a bit of help, not prison. He wouldn’t even hurt a fly.’
He’s been convicted and sentenced to 15 years in a young offenders’ institution, despite being 20 years old. I think we can safely say he’s had all the help he deserves, and then some.
His mother, who had been criticised by friends and family in the past for humouring her son’s obsession, said it was ‘a stupid prank which has ruined his life‘.
She added: ‘He needs help not prison.’
He’s not the only one. And not the only one unable to feel empathy, if she thinks it’s merely his own life he’s ruined.