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Brother's plea to murder victim's attacker

By Hayley Robinson

The brother of a murder victim has appealed to his attacker to give himself up.

Lorry driver Adrian Milner was punched in the face as he walked home along Church Road, Murston, just before 7.53pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2010.

The blow caused him to fall and hit his head.

A murder investigation was launched when he died from his injuries at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London on Sunday, January 9.

His brother Duncan Milner, from Sittingbourne, said: "The whole family is devastated. The last few days have been a roller coaster of emotions, from shock and heartbreak to anger.

"While Adrian was in a coma in hospital we were still hoping he would pull through and when we left him on the day before he died his nurses were being quite optimistic about his chances. But the next day he took a turn for the worse and he died that afternoon.

"I ask them [the attacker] or anyone close to them to consider how they would feel in our position.

"Nothing will bring Adrian back but at least if someone was brought to justice his death might be easier to accept and we would get some kind of closure."

The 48-year-old, who was known as Ada to friends, was born and bred in Sittingbourne. His parents, Albert and Sylvia, who still live in the town, said: "Adrian’s death has brought much sorrow and heartache to the whole family and his death has left a big hole in our lives. We love him and miss him so much."

His sons Jason and Joshua from a previous marriage said: "We are devastated to have lost our dad and it is still sinking in that he has gone. The void left by him can never be filled."

The former St John’s High School pupil, was a builder by trade but became an HGV driver after passing his test last March. He worked for London Kent Metals in Sittingbourne when he died.

His partner Gemma Stuttard and her 11-year-old daughter Molly (pictured) who he lived with in Sittingbourne, are trying to come to terms with his death.

Gemma said: "What I will miss most about Ada are his blue eyes and his infectious laugh."

Molly added: "He was a lovely, caring man who made me laugh and never told me off."

On Tuesday evening, exactly two weeks after the incident, officers were out in Murston talking to residents and passers-by. They also gave out 450 fliers asking for information.

The attacker is described as white, around 30, of stocky build, with brown wavy shoulder length hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket, carrying a white shopping bag and may have been wearing a hat.

Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead said: "Mr Milner and his friend Michael Coomber had been for a drink in the New Inn that evening and were walking home along Church Road when a third man punched Mr Milner in the face. At this stage we believe it to be a completely unprovoked attack.

"I have a team of 20 detectives working exclusively on this investigation, all of whom are determined to find the culprit and bring him to justice.

"I urge anyone who has any information or was in the area on the evening of Tuesday, December 28, to contact Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate on 01622 654852 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

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