Lee and his mate GaryI was always there to catch him and mend the broken pieces of his life every time he fell, but it was never enough. In April 2002 Adrian and I bought a house in Scotland and hoped Lee would come too.

The same month he was sentenced to Brinsford Young Offenders Institution (YOI) on a 10-month detention and training order for assault. His behaviour was out of control and his drug usage had increased. He committed offences to finance his growing habit. He stopped caring about himself and was obsessed with his son, being a good dad took over the rest of his life. Not wanting to fail at this cost him his own.

He was only 16 years old when he served 7 months in Brinsford YOI. He did not cope very well in prison he wasn’t strong enough mentally to be in a place like that. He was given subutex (a rapid detox program for two weeks). He was bullied repeatedly and was placed in the hospital wing after threats to take his life, and was monitored using FSH205 for two months.

I was never informed about this. I received a phone call telling me he was in the hospital wing as ‘he was having trouble settling in. (I found out about this only after seeing his medical records following Lee’s death).

After his first release he was unrecognisable… He relapsed the day he got out and was irritable all the time. He had an obsessive compulsive disorder and began self harming.

He was just a child and never told anyone of his ordeal…I could no longer reach him….that’s when I lost my son!

Sally-anne Lorenzo

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