Killed man Thomas Poole's mother speaks of need to 'vent anger'
- 2 July 2014
- From the section Lancashire
The mother of a man who was killed in an attack at a house gathering has said she often feels a need to "vent my anger" on the people who were there.
Police said Thomas Poole died "after an argument about alcohol" at a house in Ribble Road, Blackpool in January.
Ryan Calvert, 22, admitted his manslaughter and was jailed for five years on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old's mother said his family relived the night of his death "like a video in our heads".
A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said Mr Poole had been "punched and kicked in the face which resulted in a fatal head injury" at a gathering at the house. He died later in hospital.
Shaun Dolan, 23, was also jailed for four years three months at Preston Crown Court over the attack, after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Speaking on behalf of her family, Mr Poole's mother said: "We think about our loss that day, every day, at night, while sleeping, dreaming, being woken with the thought that he will never come home again.
"Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed or even go to bed, wanting to go and find other members from the party to vent my anger out on them.
"We are serving a life sentence and our lives are damaged and ruined beyond repair."
She said Mr Poole had "loved life and enjoyed it fully", had been a "close and caring brother" to his siblings and his father's "best mate".
She added that the events of 11 January had "completely impacted on our lives forever, leaving emptiness inside us all that will haunt us for the rest of our lives".
"However, we refuse to let the loving bond we had with him die with him."