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Francis: I can't forgive

PUBLISHED: 13:27 14 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

GRIEF-STRICKEN Mark Francis today opened his heart for the first time to speak publicly about his anger towards the woman who killed his child.

The 29-year-old computer engineer said that he could never forgive his high school pal and former lover Tracey Lankester for taking the life of ten-week-old baby Mai.

GRIEF-STRICKEN Mark Francis today opened his heart for the first time to speak publicly about his anger towards the woman who killed his child.

The 29-year-old computer engineer said that he could never forgive his high school pal and former lover Tracey Lankester for taking the life of ten-week-old baby Mai.

In a moving interview, Mr Francis told how he is haunted by the image of his ex-girlfriend smothering his only child in the lounge of her terraced Ipswich home.

He has not spoken to the strawberry blonde single mum since the tragic day when the body of baby Mai was carried in a Moses basket from her Hayhill Road home but Mr Francis longs to confront the lover turned killer who is now in a mental health unit.

"I think she got away with murder," said Mr Francis. "I would like five minutes, with her telling me exactly what happened.

"It's been made out that if there were more people about that were prepared to give up their time to help then this would never have happened – but that's just rubbish. Tracey had a lot of help, more than she was supposed to have had, but still this happened.

"She had no financial worries what so ever. She would buy all her clothes from Next and she was supposed to be on

benefits.

"Tracey had all the help she asked for and then all of a sudden it's poor Tracey – and she gets more help.

"Don't they say a life for a life? I would like to see her locked up and throw away the key. Why should I pretend to feel

otherwise?"

Lankester, 29, admitted manslaughter with diminished responsibility when she appeared at Norwich Crown Court on

June 29.

The court heard that she was suffering from acute psychosis when she smothered baby Mai on New Year's Day. She will be detained at the Norvic Clinic in Norwich and must appeal to a mental health tribunal in order to be released.

"I feel so angry – at both of us," said Mr Francis of Cromer Road, Ipswich.

"I wish we had never had Mai. All I'm left with now is this feeling. What am I going to do now? I can't scratch out the way I feel."

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