Mum tells of murder heartache

Brett Lodge, murdered by two friends in summer 2011
Brett Lodge, murdered by two friends in summer 2011

A MOTHER has spoke of the devastation the murder of her 17-year-old son has caused the family.

Former Newbattle Community High pupil Brett Lodge was murdered by two friends in a baseball bat attack on July 1, 2011.

He was struck with such force that he died from brain injuries at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital on July 9.

Last week, Declan Robertson (17), and Andrew Parfinowski (18), were found guilty of murdering Brett.

A third man, Cameron McKail (17), was convicted of a lesser charge of assault.

Brett’s death came as a huge blow to his mother Gillian Lodge (41).

In a statement released on behalf of Brett’s family, she said: “Losing Brett in this way has been horrendous for our family, and has left a big hole in our hearts.

“It is still hard to believe he has gone, and harder still to know that his life was taken by people he trusted, and thought of as friends.

“The decision at court will give us some kind of closure, and will mean that those responsible for Brett’s death will face the consequences of their actions, which have devastated our family.”

Gillian remembered her son: “Brett was a happy boy with a cheeky sense of humour, who was kind, caring, and did his best to help others and cheer people up.

“He spent a great deal of time with his family, and was very popular with his friends.

“He was an active boy who loved sport and fitness, especially ice skating, and he loved trying new things like roller coasters and skiing, which he was lucky to do in the French Alps.

“He was a loving son, grandson and brother, who always listened to his sister’s advice and always made time for his little brother.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Head of CID at Lothian and Borders Police, said: “Brett was subjected to a vicious and sustained assault inflicted by individuals who, fuelled by alcohol, were intent on causing him harm.

“Brett’s death has had a huge impact on his family, and it is my sincere hope that today’s convictions bring some comfort to them.

“At this time I would like to thank them for the assistance they provided police during the course of the investigation into Brett’s murder, and to pay tribute to their courage and dignity during what has been a harrowing ordeal for them.”