Dennis touched hearts of all

IPSWICH: A heartbroken mum today reflected on her time spent with a man who “touched the hearts of everyone who met him”.

Battling her grief, Shezaha Zivkovic told how she had been in a relationship with tragic Dennis Folkes for more than three years.

But she was left devastated when Mr Folkes was allegedly killed by his own son, Jordan, earlier this year.

Since then, she has been visiting Mr Folkes’ grave in the Millennium Cemetery every week with her 15-year-old son, Kain. Ms Zivkovic, of Sallows Close, Ipswich, said: “He was just a lovely person, a lovely man. He loved life.

“He had such an amazing sense of humour. He touched the hearts of everyone who met him. Life just isn’t the same without him.”

Jordan Folkes is set to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on August 20 charged with the manslaughter of his dad. He will be expected to enter a plea and will be given details about the timeline for his case.

He is alleged to have punched 46-year-old Mr Folkes at an address in Sallows Close, causing him to fall back and injure his head.

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The 20-year-old was initially arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and released on bail two days after the alleged incident on April 12.

Dennis Folkes was originally treated for head wounds and discharged from hospital. But when his condition worsened, he was re-admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, where he died on Thursday, May 6, prompting Suffolk police to alter the charge against his son.

Friend John Savile previously said: “Dennis was a lovely bloke. He will really be missed.”

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