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Families pay tribute to murdered pensioners

07:00 17 May 2012

Victim Keith Needell

Victim Keith Needell

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The families of the two pensioners murdered by a Hornsey man as they walked in Haringey’s woods and parks have paid tribute to their loved ones.

Victor Parsons and Keith Needell both died after being attacked by Ali Koc - who has been found guilty of their murders, as well as attacks on five other men in Haringey during January last year.

Mr Parsons, 67, was found unconscious at 10am on January 5 near the gates of Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace Way, with multiple and serious head injuries.

He died in hospital seven weeks later.

Mr Needell, 84, was found with serious head injuries in Queen’s Wood at about 2.10pm on January 31. He died in hospital on July 16.

Yesterday, both the men’s family spoke about how much they were missed.

Mr Parsons’s sister Rosemary said: “He was a good brother who stood by me when I needed him. He will be sadly missed.”

Her thoughts were echoed by Mr Needell’s family, whose wife Mary said: “Keith is greatly missed by all his family, friends and those whose lives he touched and enriched. Such a kind and gentle man should never have suffered in such a brutal and senseless manner.

“In 57 years of marriage he never once uttered a cross word. His aim in life was to help others and contribute towards a better life for all. His interests in the wider world were many and varied and if he could see a way of helping others it would give him pleasure to do so in as unobtrusive a way as possible.”

His son John, speaking on behalf of himself and other family members, added: “We are very sad that there are individuals who would rather inflict hurt than provide a positive contribution to the society they live in. We are, however, very glad that through the thorough efforts of the police and all others involved in the prosecution, this murderer is now unable to inflict pain and suffering on anyone else.

“We would also like to thank everyone who has supported Keith and the family since the attack, from the medical teams, the police and criminal justice system, to individuals who gave their time, love and support to the family. It was wonderful to see how good people will go out of their way to help. We now have to make the best of the situation we find ourselves in, and we will certainly miss Keith acutely as we go about our lives.”

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