Family's grief over son missing in Bali

A HEARTBROKEN couple have spoken for the first time about their grief after their youngest son died in the Bali terrorist outrage.Keith and Nola Standring, from Welbourne Way, Barnby, near Beccles, are still trying to come to terms with the death of their 31-year-old son Michael.

A HEARTBROKEN couple have spoken for the first time about their grief after their youngest son died in the Bali terrorist outrage.

Keith and Nola Standring, from Welbourne Way, Barnby, near Beccles, are still trying to come to terms with the death of their 31-year-old son Michael.

The sport-loving software engineer, who was living and working in Australia, was enjoying a drink in the Sari nightclub at Kuta Beach with school friend Jason Dooris when the bomb exploded, killing more than 200 people.

Newlywed Jason survived the explosion, but although the couple have not received official notification their son was dead, no trace of him has been found and they both fear the worst.

In his last, now poignant, message to his parents he wrote about his plans for a holiday on the Indonesian island, where he enjoyed a few days scuba diving.

"Hi, I am on leave until the 14th October. If you want to get hold of me you can toss a message in a bottle into the sea and hopefully I will pick it up on the beach in Bali."

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Their two older sons Peter and Andrew flew out to Bali scouring hospitals and later morgues to trace their brother. As hope turned to despair, Peter later flew to Michael's home in Sydney to pack his belongings and begin shipping them back to Suffolk.

"Our hopes were that Michael had survived and was among the unidentified injured who had been moved to Singapore or even Darwin," Mr Standring, a retired civil servant said.

Both parents have given DNA samples to the Indonesian authorities and Peter, a Guernsey-based consultant paediatrician also sent his brother's hair and toothbrush for forensic tests.

Mr Standring, said: "I won't forgive, my wife might, because I don't regard them as people with civilised minds, just hatred. Those are my feelings and I support Blair and Bush in their efforts to exterminate this evil.

"I was really just appalled to see that whoever planned this was just trying to kill as many people as they could."

Mrs Standring, 62, said: "I have just lost a son, and I am not going to dwell on anything else," she said. "Being the youngest he was special to all of us.

"My heart is broken, he was a lovely, kind and considerate son. He phoned me the day before from Bali to say that he was on his way."

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