Murder victims brother speaks out after sixteen years

Sixteen years have passed since Lloyd Fouracre tragically lost his life in a horrific attack on the eve of his 18th birthday – but anyone who lived in Taunton at the time remembers the event like it was yesterday. Richard Huish College student Lloyd was murdered by youths in Taunton on September 25 2005 as he left a party. He had been kicked and beaten over the head with a parking sign and died in Musgrove Park Hospital from massive head injuries 30 minutes later.

: Taunton mum’s plea after dad of two killed by truck while riding motorbike In tributes at the time, Lloyd was described as a “loving son” who had an enthusiasm for life and would be sorely missed. The horrific violence inspired his brother Adam Fourace, from Bath, to form the charity Stand Against Violence, which started as a local campaign in Somerset but now delivers national violence prevention workshops to thousands of young people all over the UK.

Andrew Betty and Jay Wall were both convicted of Lloyd’s murder at Exeter Crown Court on August 5 2006. Betty was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and Wall to 12 years. Adam has described the huge impact the death has had on him and his quest to make it “meaningful” by educating young on violence prevention.

Looking for Bath’s top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here. He said: “It is hard to describe how great Lloyd was, he was outwardly confident, very easy to get along with, everyone liked him. “It is just sad that the people who have so much to offer are often the ones taken from the world as victims of violent crimes.

“I just hope that the charity and our message can get out globally so that we can make his death meaningful. “His death was completely pointless and unnecessary and so I knew I wanted to make positive social change out of it.” Adam has now written a book ‘When September Ends‘ which details the story of what happened to Lloyd.

He said: “This book has been ten years in the making, I started it but only came back to it properly just before covid hit.” What makes the book unique is that there are also chapters from the perspective of Jay Wall, one of the men who was responsible for the attack on Lloyd. Jay has shown genuine remorse for his actions and is now living a life free of violence, having been released from prison after 12 years.

Adam described the jarring experience of meeting Wall for the first time after seeing him in the dock for the murder.

Simon Parkin, Adam Fouracre and co writer Dave Urwin

Having met Adam twice, once while still in prison and once after being released, he was keen to get involved with Stand Against Violence and the book project in order to help young men who might make similar mistakes to learn their lesson the easy way and choose non-violence. Adam said: “It was when Jay was coming up for parole, I went to meet him for the first of two times. It left me feeling really conflicted as he wasn’t what I was expecting.

“I didn’t know who I was going to be meeting, I think I was expecting a rough person but he was very normal. “It is very helpful for young people to hear him explaining how he ended up in his situation. I think lots of young people can get quite angry themselves and think that the idea of getting revenge or being violent is okay but Jay can explain why that is not a good idea.

“It’s been an incredible resource for young people to learn from his mistake and to hear about the impact and consequences of violence.”

Murder victims brother speaks out after sixteen yearsLloyd Fouracre was just 17 when he was attacked and killed in 2005

Adam says that the charity can’t know how many lives they have violent crimes they have helped prevent but know it is “a huge number”. He added: “We will never really know how many people we have saved but it’s fair to say we have prevented a huge number of violent crimes which could all have been capable of ending a life.” The book is available to purchase from Amazon, where it has already received a number of five-star reviews and strong feedback, including the following from one reader: “This read is a rollercoaster of emotions with every feeling you could possibly have explored in one book.

Brilliant…just brilliant!” Adam said: “I’d just want to say that all proceeds of the book are going to the charity, so everyone can know that buying the book will also help prevent other violent crimes. “I just hope that it inspires people to learn about violent prevention and to help anyone in a similar situation.”

The central message of the charity’s work is that violence is preventable if we all choose it, and it is so important that would-be perpetrators know what they stand to lose and make others lose if they carry out a violent attack.

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