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Sir David Aess’s family has described his murder as “beyond crime”.

Lady Julia Amess and the Amess family released a joint statement as his killer was convicted at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

In a statement read out by Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes outside court, the family described thinking “disgusting” about what happened after Sir David greeted his killer with a smile during a voter surgery. election in Leigh-on-Sea last October.

They said: “There is no excitement in our family today following this sentencing. Our wonderful husband and father were appalled and violently taken from us. Nothing will make up for that.

“We would wake up every day and immediately feel our loss. We will struggle day by day for the rest of our lives.

“Our last thought before bed will be about David. We will forever shed tears for the man we lost. We will never get over this tragedy.

“It broke our hearts to learn that our husband and father would greet the killer with a friendly smile and would be anxious to help. It’s horrible to think what happens next. It is beyond evil.

Sir David Amess (Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament) / PA Media

“We would like to thank the police, especially the two officers assigned to the family during this horrible time.

“We also thank the legal team who work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served.

“We also extend a special thanks to the many friends, family and, of course, the public, who have been a huge source of strength and love for us since David passed away.

“Somehow, now we have to get on with our lives even though none of us really know where to start.

“We would like to address our family’s statement immediately following this tragedy. Our message remains the same. We urge people to treat their fellow human beings with kindness, love, and understanding. This is needed more than ever.

“We now demand privacy to rebuild our lives as best we can. There will be no further statements, interviews or really any commentary. We ask the media to respect this. Thank you.”

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