Keane Wallis-Bennett’s brother ‘is her legacy’

Keane Wallis-Bennett
Keane Wallis-Bennett

TRAGIC schoolgirl’s Keane Wallis-Bennett mum has told how her family has drawn strength from the baby brother her daughter will never meet.

But as Abbie Wallis fears the detail that will emerge from a fatal accident inquiry – announced last week – into her death, she hopes its findings will lead to changes in the way school buildings are structurally monitored.

Keane was just 12-years-old when she killed by a falling wall in the PE department at Liberton High School in April 2014.

The Crown Office announced on Thursday that no-one would face criminal charges over the tragedy, but confirmed an FAI would take place next year.

Keane’s dad Clark Bennett told the Evening News last week that he was “relieved” the family wouldn’t have to endure a criminal trial.

However, Abbie, 37, believes the full story about what happened to her daughter needs to be told, and is pleased the FAI is going ahead.

Speaking to a Sunday newspaper, she said: “If they hadn’t decided to hold an inquiry, it would have felt like Keane wasn’t important enough to look into what happened.

“I hope lessons will be learned regarding how school surveys are carried out and money prioritised.

“I’d also hope every single detail of those checks will be recorded.

“Now, whatever plans will be put in place, people will think ‘that’s because that little girl died’.

“My biggest fear is that people will forget her. This way she will always be remembered.”

She added: “I am dreading the detail coming out as it puts pictures in your head.

“There are probably certain things I won’t want to know and I may choose not to hear.”

Abbie described her one year-old son James as been a “little miracle” for her and her partner James Glendinning, by bringing them strength at the most difficult of times.

She’s already taken him to see Keane’s memorial bench at the high school.

She said: “We show James pictures and videos of Keane.

“I say to him, ‘this is your big sister and she’s watching out for you’.

“I tell him how special she was.

“I think James was sent to help us heal, to give me that little bit of strength and spark and to bring me back a wee piece of Keane.

“We can laugh together now, which is something we didn’t do for a long time.”

The city council said last week that it would “cooperate fully” with the inquiry.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We will review all the evidence from the fatal accident inquiry and all other investigations into Keane’s death to ensure we take what actions are needed.”

courtney.cameron@jpress.co.uk