The family of a woman who was brutally murdered by her neighbour, in Harrow, have told of the heartbreak of losing her.
On December 18 last year, 48-year-old Alison Morrison was stabbed over 30 times by her neighbour, in Alexandra Avenue, after a four-year neighbourly dispute.
This week, Trevor Gibbon, 48, was convicted of her murder following a trial. He is due to be sentenced next week.
Impact statements released by the Met Police have revealed how much this loss of life took its toll on Alison's family.
“I didn't ever think I could feel so alone, so helpless and such pain. You changed all that. You've made me experience something so dark and horrific I cannot find any words that could even come close to begin to express how I feel.” said Alison's sister.
“It's the small once insignificant things that are now reminders of my sister’s senseless death.”
Alison's son said: “I felt completely drained of life. I laid down essentially sunken into my bed, did nothing, ate very little, cried a lot, still felt the same intense weight being placed upon me, my brain continued in its state of overdrive and life felt as though it had stopped.
“I saw no point in moving forward in life. I had thoughts of: 'I wish I could just fall asleep and never wake up'. It was too much to deal with, I couldn’t handle this. I remained this way for weeks.
“Every morning when I wake up, I have to remind myself that my mum is gone. I realise I can never again go into her room to wake her.
“It breaks my heart every day not have her with me. I think of my mum hundreds of times a day and there have been many times where I could just not hold it together.
“I so desperately want my mum back and I would do anything to have her here with me again. But, I know she’s never coming back and I’ll never see her again.”
“Never speak to her, play with her, enjoy a meal with her, go out with her or do anything ever again with her. She’s gone. All because of one man…Trevor Gibbon…the man who murdered my mum.”
Alison's husband added: “Alison's death will always be beyond my comprehension because she died for nothing in the cruellest way possible at the hands of our neighbour.
“A bright light has been extinguished.”