A voice for Conner
By Nadine Marshall
Who are you?
We are the parents of CONNER MARSHALL 18 years of age, who was viciously attacked and murdered in an unprovoked attack in Porthcawl in March 2015. Deeply upsetting is the knowledge that Braddon was known by authorities in addition to being supervised by Wales CRC/Probation service under two separate orders for previous violence, alcohol and drug offences. This information was never disclosed to us his parents, before or during the court case.
Despite a guilty verdict and life sentence, with a minimum of twenty years to be served has been handed down to David Braddon, 27.The very real living nightmare is a daily battle that we didn't chose to be a part of. The loss of a child is unimaginable and unfair to all parents.
The devastation and result of a single heinous act has left a family bereft, in turmoil, and ruined. Our family has disintegrated beyond recognition. In a single act we have each been cheated of life, stability, memories and consistency. Our future is uncertain and unpredictable due the huge impact on our financial, emotional, physical health and well being.
What and why are you raising legal funds?
It is our hope to raise sufficient funds to enable 'A voice for Conner', by securing specific action against the Wales CRC/Probation service. This can only be done with the help of a specialist barrister and solicitor to provide advice and advocacy to pursue potential court action.
We want documents and evidence to be examined in order that steps can be taken to prevent other families being denied the truth and access to all information recorded.
Requests for legal aid have been declined on the basis that we as a family do not meet the eligibility criteria set out by the board governed by the Ministry of Justice.
Too many families have been let down and are still without truthful explanations and information relating to the death of a loved one. Despite families raising questions, the current procedures are unreliable and inconsistent.
We as parents have always insisted and made the very clear point that we would wish to have access to all known information in order to understand how a known criminal with several convictions and allegations with increasing drug and violence use could ever be deemed as ''Low risk'' and be able to non conform or not follow any directions laid down by a court .
After continual refusals from all agencies, we created an online public petition for access to the SFO. Successfully gaining almost 3,000 signatures in a matter of days and as a result of many hours and months of discussions and meetings with various agencies we have now gained access to the Serious Further Offence Report, which contains detailed information of the trail of events relating to the alleged support of Braddon by probation services in the weeks and months prior to the murder of our son. Contents of the full report are inexcusable and deeply upsetting. Failure of internal procedures are deemed acceptable and unforeseeable.
To date no other family in the UK has ever secured access to this document. Instead families are not told of any such report, or offered a summary report with the explanation that the document contents are for internal learning opportunities and not be released to families. Currently families are still being refused and denied access to either report. Detailed information surrounding the death of their loved one is withheld or refused.
This fact alone in our opinion is both unjust and unfair.
Worryingly, for our family the original summary report bears little resemblance to the full SFO, many details are redacted or omitted from the summary. The contents of this full report is totally unacceptable and deeply offensive and concerning. Several areas of deficiency and weakness are highlighted.
What's next in the legal process?
We are now seeking accountability, recompense and reassurances of practice overhaul and change, for maximum learning, and future prevention. Multiple agencies were supposedly supervising Braddon, yet this is despite many areas of supervision being missed, absent or non existent.
Radio and television programmes are due to be aired within the coming weeks, giving further details of our continuing campaign to secure ''A voice for Conner''
It is our view that there were circumstances and events which should have put the professionals on alert and would have led to Conner still being alive today if things had been managed appropriately with sufficient information sharing.
Discussions' with senior executives at NOMS/Wales CRC, in addition to numerous meetings with various MOJ official's have been unsuccessful in obtaining accountability or clarity. Rather department passing blame and responsibility to other departments or providers.