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Kinsella Family Devastated As Killer's Father Gets Compensation

Monday 28th January 2013

The parents of Ben Kinsella - who was murdered in north London - say they are "completely devastated" that the father of one of his killers has received a 20,000 pound pay-out from police.

The Sunday Mirror reported that Michael Alleyne was given the money after being injured when officers searched his home looking for his son. His dog was also hurt according to the newspaper.

Debbie and George Kinsella received half that amount - 10,000 - after 16 year old Ben was stabbed outside a bar in Islington in 2008.

Mr Alleyne's son Michael Alleyne junior was one of three men found guilty of his death in 2009.

Today, Ben's father George told ITV's This Morning that the family have been angered by the news.

"We would like to see a balance where each case is treated on equal terms," he said. "That money that we got just about paid for our son's funeral.

"Really, it's not about the money, it's about the principle of it all. It's not just our family, it's all the victims of knife crime and violent crime, and the law is so unjust and unfair."

Ben's parents were told last Summer that Mr Alleyne senior would be taking legal action but said they didn't expect it to be successful.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said "We are aware of the claim lodged in the High Court following an incident in N7 on August 30 2008.

"The claim was settled and a sum paid. We are not prepared to discuss further. We do not disclose the amounts of awards following civil claims."