Mum hopes for closure

IT is an ordeal no mother should ever have to endure.

This Friday, Vinny Dingle will mark the 28th birthday of her son, Simon, a Coffs Coast boy who died after his alleged bashing in Tasmania in January.

The following Friday she will stare down the men who have been charged over his death during a sentencing hearing in the Supreme Court in Launceston. She will be accompanied by her sons, Ross and Bruce.

“I’m getting more nervous as the days go by. I’m still seeing a counsellor and my two sons have also had counselling,” Vinny said. “These past six months have been horrific. There’s not much more you can say.”

She hopes justice will prevail but she’s not getting her hopes up.

“The hope is to bring closure and to see these people (in court) and I’ll be reading out my victim’s impact statement,” she said.

Simon was in Tasmania with Ross on a fruit-picking assignment when he was allegedly attacked at their caravan park early on January 16.

The brothers had returned to the Deloraine Apex Caravan Park, near Launceston, after a night out when Simon was allegedly hit from behind on his neck at the base of his skull.

He fell to the ground and hit his head. He was taken to Launceston General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Vinny said her family would remember Simon’s birthday with dinner together, ‘which we used to do on all birthdays and Christmases’. “We have been deprived of him and he’s been deprived of his life,” she said.

Police have charged four men over Simon’s death, with three of them expected to appear in court for the July 23 hearing.

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