Our hearts will remain shallow for the rest of our lives’
PUBLISHED: 17:11 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010
THE sister of a talented graduate brutally killed by two teenage yobs over a chocolate bar said that she has contemplated suicide since the attack. Elif Anil (pictured), 26, told the Old Bailey that her family s hearts will remain shallow for the rest
THE sister of a talented graduate brutally killed by two teenage yobs over a chocolate bar said that she has contemplated suicide since the attack.
Elif Anil (pictured), 26, told the Old Bailey that her family's "hearts will remain shallow for the rest of our lives" after the death of her brother Evren, 23, last August.
She made the statement last Friday as Dejon Thompson, 16, of Langdale Road, Thornton Heath and Patrick Rowe, 17, of Cumberton Road, Tottenham were each caged for four years for Mr Anil's manslaughter.
Gifted IT expert Mr Anil, of Hancock Road, Upper Norwood, was being driven by his sister to a friend's house in Crystal Palace on August 5 when he challenged the pair for throwing a half-eaten chocolate bar through their car window.
One of the boys put a knife to his throat and he was knocked to the ground, smashing his skull on the pavement.
He died 10 days later at Kings College Hospital, Camberwell, from a head injury.
Miss Anil said: "I have contemplated suicide to ease my pain, whereas my older brother Ozgur has had to receive psychiatric and medical treatment - something he still receives to this day.
"I have been unable to sleep at nights as the recollections give me nightmares. I am no longer able to trust people and constantly feel afraid in the streets.
"I cannot describe the day to day agony and the sting of Evren's untimely death. That day was by far the biggest tragedy in my life and in the lives of my family.
"My mother still to this day looks in his bedroom and thinks she is going to find him there and believes that he is going to walk in any day through our front door. She misses him so much.
"She wishes she could see him smile and hear him laugh, hear his footsteps every time he walked in and around the house.
"But we all know these are wishes, and they are things we have to wish for because of two heartless cowards. Our hearts will remain shallow for the rest of our lives as a part of us has been taken away."
Judge Ann Goddard told the pair: "Mr Anil was a decent, good young man with a first class degree and everything before him.
"The loss to his family is impossible to describe. Their grief is unspeakable and I am very conscious that no sentence I can give will bring him back or ever measure up to their loss."
The pair, who both pleaded guilty and will serve their time at a young offender's institute, showed no emotion as they were led to