Why did friend hurt my son?

DISTRAUGHT mother Jennifer Dowd today longs to know why a trusted family friend assaulted her severely disabled son.Carer Jan Ryder, a nurse with 30 years experience, was caught grabbing the neck of Darren Platts while he was asleep.

DISTRAUGHT mother Jennifer Dowd today longs to know why a trusted family friend assaulted her severely disabled son.

Carer Jan Ryder, a nurse with 30 years experience, was caught grabbing the neck of Darren Platts while he was asleep.

As Ryder awaits her sentence after being found guilty of assaulting Darren, Mrs Dowd has just one question – Why did she do it?

See today's Evening Star for full story.