Mum's tribute to stabbed man

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

THE grieving mother of a man killed on Christmas Eve has revealed the family heartache and made an emotional call for justice.

THE grieving mother of a man killed on Christmas Eve has revealed the family heartache and made an emotional call for justice.

George Lawson was found dead in a Burnham house last Friday morning by police following a 999 call.

The unemployed 20-year-old is thought to have been stabbed to death in the Abingdon Street property.

Police called to the scene launched a full investigation and taped off the area following the discovery at 9.15am.

This week his mother Katie called for family privacy but issued an open statement.

In it, she said: "News has recently been brought to us of the death of our beloved son.

"It can never be easy to receive news such as this especially at this time of year.

"We as a family now need time to come to terms with our loss and to inform all those who care about George about his death.

"We are co-operating fully with the police so that they can conduct a thorough investigation in an effort to bring whoever is responsible to justice."

Mrs Lawson, who lives in Burnham and is separated from George's father, said the family was hurting following its 'tragic loss'.

She said: "For us the grieving process has only just begun.

"I speak on behalf of all my family in asking that we be left alone to come to terms with our tragic loss in the days before we are able to lay George to rest."

*A 23-YEAR-OLD man appeared in court accused of murdering George Lawson on Monday.

Adam Lapthorne, of no fixed abode, was committed to Exeter Crown Court following a hearing at Taunton Magistrates Court.

A 27-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder has been given bail pending further enquiries.

A 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man also arrested last week have both been released.

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