THE devastated widow of a dad-of-two killed in a horror road smash has revealed her heart-rending struggle to cope with his loss – after the driver was jailed for three years.
Laura Casement, 31, said she would never recover from the death of her “soulmate” husband, Billy, and has been left wracked by grief.
She spends hours holding her partner’s guitar and watching videos of them together, following the smash caused by speeding Darren Luke.
Laura says her girls, Emma, four, and Lucy, two, have given her the strength to carry on. She said: “I know I have to live for my children now”.
The fitness instructor was speaking after Luke, 30, was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday for causing the death of Billy, who was his front seat passenger.
Billy, 30, a maintenance operator with Dunedin Canmore, died after Luke’s high-performance Subaru Impreza clocked up 74mph in a 40mph zone on Maybury Road on March 7 last year. It was on the wrong side of the road, and rammed into a Renault Clio and a Peugeot Boxer van.
Laura said: “We’ve been given a life sentence. My girls are left without a father so no amount of years in prison for Darren could make up for that.
Lucy was ten months old when Billy died so she’ll never have a memory of him.”
Laura described how their “amazing life” was destroyed.
She said: “I wasn’t able to concentrate on anything. I spent all my time holding Billy’s guitar and watching him on videos. I still can’t accept that Billy’s gone. I’ve been seeing a counsellor which has really helped, and so have antidepressants. Before that, I was so blinded by grief I couldn’t see anything else around me, even my girls.
“Emma also sees a counsellor. Whenever I go anywhere she asks if I’ll come back. The girls sleep with me because they’re terrified I’ll disappear.”
Laura, who lives in Joppa, is thankful the couple took thousands of family photographs which her children can see.
She said: “Days before he died, Billy spent five hours editing our honeymoon videos and putting them to music as a present for me. We were planning to take the girls on holiday to Benidorm that summer.
“He was an amazing person. We were together since we were 17 and we were inseparable. He was a brilliant guitarist who wrote his own songs. He was my soulmate and will never be replaced. Billy worked seven days a week in three jobs to provide the best life for me and his daughters. I know I have to live for my children now. The girls are the only thing keeping me alive.”
Luke, of Kirk Street, Leith, was pulled from the wreck with smashed ribs, a fractured pelvis and other injuries. A jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
Sentencing him, judge Lord Brodie said that Luke had caused “inestimable damage” to Billy’s family.