Son devastated at dad's murder charge

A WOMAN who has two children with murder accused Paul Waters today told of the moment her six-year-old son found out his father had been charged.Debbieann Ray, 25, met Waters in 2000 and had a casual relationship with him until she fell pregnant.

A WOMAN who has two children with murder accused Paul Waters today told of the moment her six-year-old son found out his father had been charged.

Debbieann Ray, 25, met Waters in 2000 and had a casual relationship with him until she fell pregnant.

She now has a six-year-old son and five-year-old daughter by Waters and said she worries about how they will cope with the news.

Miss Ray found out Waters had been charged on Tuesday and said her son was watching television when he learnt of the news.


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She said: “My little boy was watching the TV and it came on and they said the name Paul Waters and his head sort of ticked and he looked at the TV and he listened.

“He said 'it's my daddy isn't it mummy' and I said 'yes'. It brought tears to my eyes.

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“Him and Paul are the closest anyone will ever be.”

Miss Ray and Waters are not in a relationship and she has not seen the father of her children since December.

She said he and fellow accused McCarry are close friends and do everything together, although she does not know McCarry.

Miss Ray said every time she thinks about the charges she shakes but her main concern is for her children.

She said she is worried they might be “hassled” at school this week and said she is trying to be open with them about what is happening by explaining the court processes and what could happen to Waters if he is convicted.

Miss Ray has also spoken to Waters' mum since he was charged and said she is not coping well with what is happening.

Waters, 28, lives with his mother in Sandpiper Road, Ipswich, and Miss Ray said his mother dotes on her son.

Waters was charged with the murder of 34-year-old Nicola West on Monday.

He and co-accused Rob McCarry, 35, of Vernon Street, Ipswich are yet to enter a plea.

The pair is alleged to have driven to Ipswich police station on Saturday, February 10 and alerted police that a woman's body was in the boot of a green Ford Escort belonging to Waters.

The body, which was naked except for a bra, was found to be Ms West of Leather Bottle Hill, Little Blakenham.

She had died of strangulation.

Do you want to pay tribute to Ms West? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.u

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