Tragic Ben Kinsella’s parents ‘devastated’ by compensation awarded to dad of murderer
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The parents of Ben Kinsella, who was tragically knifed to death in 2008, say they are “completely devastated” that the father of one of his killers has been given a five-figure payout from police after he was kicked in the eye in a raid.
Debbie and George Kinsella said it was “unjust and unfair” that the amount reportedly given to Michael Alleyne senior, thought to be £20,000, was double what they received after their son’s death.
The couple were paid £10,000 after 16-year-old Ben was stabbed to death in Holloway when a bar fight spilled out on to the streets.
But Mr Alleyne, whose son Michael Alleyne junior was convicted of Ben’s murder in 2009, was awarded damages by the High Court on Monday after he said he was injured.
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, Mrs Kinsella said her family are “very angry, extremely upset. We feel let down, we’ve spent the weekend crying. We’re just completely devastated”.
Mr Kinsella added: “We would like to see a balance where each case is treated on equal terms.
“That money that we got just about paid for our son’s funeral.
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“Really, it’s not about the money, it’s about the principle of it all.
“It’s not just our family, it’s all the victims of knife crime and violent crime, and the law is so unjust and unfair.”
Earlier this week, Ben’s sister and former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, said on Twitter: “So unbelievably unfair for our beautiful Ben and for every victim out there.” A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The claim was settled and a sum paid. We are not prepared to discuss it further. We do not disclose the amounts of awards following civil claims.”
Michael Alleyne Jnr, along with Jade Braithwaite and Juress Kika, is currently serving a life sentence for Ben’s murder.
Ben had been celebrating his GCSEs at the Shillibeers, in North Road, on June 28, 2008, before he was knifed down outside.