The following tribute is released by Thames Valley Police on behalf of the family of Neil Morris, aged 45, who was murdered in an arson at Rowe Court in Reading on 15 December last year.
Hakeem Kigundu, aged 32, formerly of Rowe Court, Reading, was jailed for life at court today for murder, arson and GBH.
Neil’s family has released the following statement:
“Neil was a deeply loved son, brother, uncle and a good and loyal friend to many. He was a talented, creative, loving man who brought fun and laughter to so many. He deserved to live a long life full of happiness. His precious life was taken from him in such a horrific way, an innocent victim of a cowardly act of evil.
“No punishment can ever be enough for taking our dearly loved Neil’s life. We, Neil’s family have been given a life sentence, we are overwhelmed with grief, our pain and sorrow unbearable. There is no escape, we miss him so much and must carry on somehow without him. Our lives will never be the same, our family will never be complete again.
“Neil was liked and loved by so many. We are all so much richer for having had him in our lives. He will live on in our cherished memories, and we will keep him close, locked away in our broken hearts forever.
“Our thoughts are also with the family of Richard and everyone else whose lives have been traumatized by the fire at Rowe Court.
“We would like to express our gratitude to our two family liaison officers from Thames Valley Police who have been a constant support to us through this traumatic time. We would also like to thank the investigating officers for their diligence in bringing this case to conclusion and the prosecution team for their valued support.”