The mother of Nicola Hughes has described her "devastation" following her death. In a statement released following the sentencing of Dale Cregan, Sue Hughes said:
He chose on that day to murder our daughter and leave our lives completely devastated, a life barely worth living without her.
Now the trial has concluded, he will return to his cell to live the rest of his natural life.
We, however, will live with what he did every single hour of every single day for the rest of our lives.