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Family of Charmaine O'Donnell say their lives 'changed forever' after her tragic killing

The family of Charmaine O'Donnell has paid tribute to the 'beautiful' charity worker after a man was convicted of her killing.

The 25-year-old was on a day out with a friend when she was pushed from Helensburough pier into the water, causing her to suffer severe neck injuries and drown.

Jacob Foster shoved Charmaine and later claimed it was a "bit of fun". The 29-year-old was today convicted of culpable homicide following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Read more: Helensburgh pier death killer guilty of shoving stranger to her death for 'bit of fun'

A large group of Charmaine's family and friends were at court - many sobbed with relief at the guilty verdict.

An emotional statement was released by her mum Jacqueline Gallacher, 50, and step-dad William King, 54, afterward as they insisted "justice had been served".

They added: "We believe the jury has reached the right verdict for our beautiful daughter Charmaine. The past 15 months have been the most difficult time we have ever had to face.

"Losing Charmaine has changed our lives forever. We will never be the same again. Our hearts have been broken.

"She had her whole life ahead of her. She had a great personality and sense of humour warming the hearts of all who met her."

The parents also told how Charmaine had a talent for music and art.

They also thanked those involved in the case paying special tribute to the "selfless efforts" of the youngsters who tried to help Charmaine at the pier.

The statement concluded: "Although no punishment will ever bring Charmaine back, we hope and pray that a sufficient sentence is served on the person responsible for taking her life."


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