Mum's Pain Decade After Child's Murder

The mother of murdered toddler Andrew Morton says the pain of losing her little boy never gets any easier.

Sharon McMillan's been speaking to Heart on the tenth anniversary of her son's death.

On the 2nd of March, 2005, Andrew Morton was being carried on his big brother Brian's shoulders near their home in Glasgow when he was shot in the head by an airgun.

They were on their way to buy chips in Easterhouse when they stopped to watch fire-engines nearby.

His murderer, Mark Bonini, was taking pot-shots from the window of his flat when he hit the two-year-old.

The little boy spent two days on life-support, before the machines were turned off.

Bonini, who was 27 at the time, was found guilty of murder and jailed for 13 years.

Since Andrew's death his parents have been campaigning for a ban on airguns in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has introduced the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill which is going through a second consultation, due to end this month.

The new laws will mean anyone who owns an airgun will need to apply for a certificate.

Sharon doesn't think the changes will go far enough. She told Heart:

"I feel like I'm back at the beginning again.

"As I promised my son, the fight was to ban them and that's what I'll do until I'm laid to rest. The guns will get banned.

"I have knocked myself ill a few times just with worrying and the thought of it still going on, but you get stronger.

"How many more kids lives need to be taken before the government open their eyes.

"We need to get these guns off the streets, it's the only way."

Sharon and Andrew's dad Andy Morton say they won't stop fighting.

Sharon says Andrew was a lovely little boy:

"He was a right wee character. He loved everybody, he loved football and he made everybody laugh. He was a delight to be around."

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