The mum of a teenager viciously knifed to death on a night out 13 years ago has spoken of her despair following the release of her daughter's killer.
Jordan Jobson, who was only 15 when she knifed new mum Samantha Madgin to death, was released from jail last week, ending her victim's family's fight to keep her behind bars.
As she comes to terms with the fact that Jobson is now a free woman, Samantha's mum Alison has opened up on her devastation.
Alison told Chronicle Live : "I always knew the day would come that she was released, but when I found out it was like the day Samantha died all over again.
"This is the end of the road for us now. I have tried my best to keep her inside."
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Samantha was just 18 years old when she was killed in August 2007 in Wallsend, Newcastle.
She had been enjoying her first night out since giving birth to son Callum when she fatally crossed paths with the stranger who would take her life.
Jobson armed herself with a knife after a disturbance broke out in an alleyway.
The killer, who had been drinking vodka and snorting cocaine, stabbed unarmed Samantha 10 times in the face, arms and chest and inflicted six other knife injuries.
One of the blows pierced her lung and severed a major artery near her heart, meaning nothing could be done to save Samantha's life.
The senseless killing left Samantha's family broken and robbed her son Callum, who was just 10 weeks old at the time, of his mum.
Jobson, from Walker in Newcastle, was later convicted of murder and jailed for life.
She was originally handed a minimum term of 15 years, but after two separate appeals that was reduced to 11 years.
Harrowing final moments of lad stabbed to death released by his distraught parents
Jobson had been eligible for parole in 2018 but she was kept inside, and Samantha's family have fought tirelessly to prevent her release.
However, Alison was told last month that her appeal against the Parole Board's decision to release Jobson had failed.
It's understood she was freed from HMP Low Newton, in Durham, on Thursday morning.
"We just feel totally deflated, we have been fighting for that long," said Alison, 55.
"Jobson is only 28 now, she still has her whole life ahead of her."
But Alison, who has brought up Callum since Samantha's death, is determined to stay strong for the rest of her family.
"Now we just need to carry on for Callum. I just feel like I have to be strong and give him the best life possible.
"I'm proud every time I look at him, but I also think, 'what have we done to deserve this life?'"
Alison has been inundated with messages of support, many from families who have suffered the same devastation of losing a loved one through violence.
"I have had lots of messages off people I don't even know, and I have had flowers and gifts and little cards," she said.
"Reading all the messages has restored my faith in the North East. It shows there's plenty of lovely and decent people out there."
Last year Samantha's loved ones set up Samantha's Legacy in her memory, an organisation dedicated to providing help and support to other families suffering as a result of knife crime.
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