The mother of a Gateshead man murdered five years ago today has said she is heartbroken - after her husband died before their son's killer was brought to justice.
A murder investigation was launched on December 16, 2012, after John 'The Badge' Roberts was found beaten to death inside his own home in Winlaton.
The 32-year-old lived by himself at the terraced home on Park Terrace where he was found with a serious head injury by police.
In the months that followed, thousands of people were spoken to by detectives and hundreds of house-to-house enquiries were conducted.
A number of arrests were made, but nobody has ever been charged with the murder.
Now, five years after John's murder his mother, Jennifer Roberts, has said the family have been left heartbroken again.
In May this year John's father David, 72, passed away after a long battle with cancer - before he was ever able to see his son's killer brought to justice. His mother Jennifer said:
David and Jennifer were both teachers but were enjoying their retirement when John's body was found inside his home.
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Theaker has led the investigation into his murder since then and is leading a fresh appeal for information on the anniversary of his death.
She is convinced that people with information about the murder are yet to come forward and said she was 'saddened' that John's father died before a conviction.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.