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Grieving family want end to torment

PUBLISHED: 17:48 21 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

EIGHT years after pretty Karen Hales was savagely stabbed and her body burned at her Ipswich home the pain still burns deep in the heart of her sisters.

EIGHT years after pretty Karen Hales was savagely stabbed and her body burned at her Ipswich home the pain still burns deep in the heart of her sisters.

Today Karen's sisters, Jacqui Double and Angela Cates, appealed for the attacker to give themselves up and end the family's torment.

Mum of two Jacqui, from Needham Market, said: "Whoever is responsible is winning every day. They are carrying on their life every day but have destroyed our whole family.

"I don't know how anybody could have held something inside them for all these years.

"There has got to be someone out there who knows something about my sister's death. Whoever does please come forward."

She described Karen, of Lavenham Road, who had an 18-month-old daughter at the time of her death, as a friendly, caring and bubbly person.

"I think about Karen all the time, it just never goes away," said Jacqui, 35.

"I know Vicky Hall's killer is still at large but it seems the police put so much effort into that - looking at grains of dirt - and not in Karen's. I think they should have done more."

Yesterday on the anniversary of Karen's murder her eldest sister, Angela, visited her grave at Barham Church with her mother, Geraldine, to lay more fresh flowers.

"You think you are coping, but not really," said 37-year-old mother of two Angela. "It is better now than the early stages. With the anniversary it comes flooding back even more.

"It is hard to come to terms with what it does to your family. It is hard on all of us, especially mum and dad.

"Whoever did it knew the anniversary was coming up and we just hope it will shake a few consciences. I just don't know how this person could have lived with what they have done."

She recalls Karen's death has shattered what was initially a close family and destroyed the family unit. "Since Karen is not here we are all drifting apart," said Angela.

"We seem to get together as a family at different periods and then drift apart again. It has been like that ever since we lost her."

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