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Victim impact statements provide 'balanced view'

Under new rules published by the Ministry of Justice, victims of crime are to be given the right to read out a statement in court, in a bid to give those who suffer more of a voice in the legal system.

Barry Mizen, the father of a schoolboy who was murdered in a London bakery, welcomed the move. He said it would provide a "balanced view" and allow the courts to be given a "true impression" of the victims.

Mother of murdered son says 'anger destroys you'

Barry and Margaret Mizen, the parents of murdered teenager Jimmy, will remember their son five years after his death at a commemorative service today.

Speaking to Daybreak, Jimmy's brother Tommy said: "[The anniversary] does come around unfortunately, and I don't think today is any harder than any other day if I'm honest, it's something we have to live with every day."

His mother Margaret said she has managed to cope with the pain through her faith, "it's common knowledge that I have a faith", she added, "I think [anger] destroys you".

Both Margaret and Barry, who give talks in schools, say they believe that it is through the love and care for a child that violence in youths will be overcome.

Mr Mizen said: "As we speak now there will be a child being born in this country that's not wanted, not going to be loved, subjected to violent and neglect, and that's what I think needs to change."

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