Mum’s fight for justice after son murdered

Tragic: Kevin Rogers, 23, who was found stabbed to death in the street on New Years Day
Tragic: Kevin Rogers, 23, who was found stabbed to death in the street on New Years Day
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A Leyland mum has pleaded with the community to help get justice for her murdered son.

Kevin Rogers was killed with one stab wound to the back on December 31, 2009, but no one has ever been convicted of his murder.

Today, his family have warned they will not rest until they find justice for their Kevin, who they say had a ‘heart of gold’.

In her first interview since her son’s murder, mum Helen told the Guardian: “Some people say they dread going to sleep at night because they have nightmares. To me, the more sleep I have the less I have to think about reality.

“It’s the waking up to me that’s a nightmare.

“I don’t think I will ever have closure, but that first step is seeing justice is done. I don’t have that.

“There is still a cold-blooded killer walking the streets.”

Celebration turned to tragedy for the Rogers family on New Years Eve 2009 when Kevin was out with friends at a party on Edgehill Crescent, just yards from the family home on Bannister Drive.

Kevin was out with childhood friend Daniel Savigar when they arrived at the home of Stephen Proudfoot but were told they could not come in.

An altercation followed and the pair left, walking down the road, with Kevin’s friend a few feet in front.

What happened next remains unclear, but we know Kevin, who attended Wellfield High School before going on to study courses in bricklaying and motor mechanics at Preston College, was stabbed once in the back. The wound punctured his lung and less than two minutes later he died where he fell next to a car in the street.

Susan Kenny, of Manor House Close, was unanimously cleared by jurors at Preston Crown Court when she stood trial for his murder in June.

His death remains unsolved.

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian