Father of Adam Rogers meets son’s teenage killer in prison

Father of Adam Rogers meets son’s teenage killer in prison

EMOTIONAL VISIT Billy Upton who was jailed for Adam's death

EMOTIONAL VISIT Dave and Pat Rogers with a picture of their son, Adam.

First published in Blackburn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ADAM Rogers’s father and his teenage killer have come face to face in an ‘emotional’ prison meeting.

This week, Billy Upton, who was just 16 years old when his punch led to Adam’s death, was released from jail.

Today, Dave Rogers who has campaigned with wife Pat for an end to senseless violence in their 24-year-old son’s memory, said he would recommend the ‘restorative justice’ process to other grieving families.

A confidentiality agreement between Lancashire Probation Trust and all the parties means we cannot reveal the details of the discussion, but Dave said the meeting was ‘worthwhile’.

Upton, who has just turned 19, was jailed in April 2010 for four years for the manslaughter of Adam in July 2009.

He was eligible for early release on licence half-way through, with a further six months reduction calculated from the time he spent on curfew awaiting trial.

The Lancashire Telegraph understands Upton, from Rishton, has shown big improvements while in custody and has received good reports for his work with disadvantaged children and mentoring in prison.

Dave said: “I have a long-standing interest in restorative justice and believe it is an important principle that in a lot of cases can bring offenders and victims together.

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“Personally, I wanted to make sure Billy was aware of the consequences of what he had done.

"Unless somebody does that they cannot begin to face up to what they’ve done and progress with a new life.

“Pat and I said at the trial that Adam was gone and it would give us no satisfaction to see another life ruined.

“I also wanted a clearer understanding of what happened that night.

"Only he could tell me that.

“It was certainly worthwhile for me and I hope for him.

"For me it was because I got my messages across.

"I did learn and understand more about that night.

"He was receptive and it was positive that he wanted to meet me.

“I knew it was going to be emotional for him and for me.

"It was difficult, there was upset.

"It was intended to help him get his life back on track and, for us, that would be the most satisfying thing in terms of Adam’s memory.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Probation Trust said: “William Upton has been released from prison having served the period of imprisonment required by law.

“He will now be supervised on licence by Lancashire Probation Trust for a further period of time and will be liable to recall if he fails to comply with the conditions and requirements of this licence.”

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12:39pm Thu 20 Oct 11

gillbee says...

I have every admiration for you Mr. Rogers, I cannot imagine how you and your wife must still feel. Not many people would be able to find the strength and courage to do what you have done, what a wonderful couple you must be. I hope this meeting helps you to find some peace and wish you both well for the future.
I have every admiration for you Mr. Rogers, I cannot imagine how you and your wife must still feel. Not many people would be able to find the strength and courage to do what you have done, what a wonderful couple you must be. I hope this meeting helps you to find some peace and wish you both well for the future. gillbee
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11:56am Fri 21 Oct 11

Dave139 says...

What do the parents of Billy Upton have to say regarding their son.
What do the parents of Billy Upton have to say regarding their son. Dave139
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12:59pm Fri 21 Oct 11

rishton001 says...

People need to remember there are two sides to every story. This is a young man who made (not an unprovoked) mistake and has served the time ordered.

From my experience 'Restorative Justice' is a joke and another USA import for the do-gooders
People need to remember there are two sides to every story. This is a young man who made (not an unprovoked) mistake and has served the time ordered. From my experience 'Restorative Justice' is a joke and another USA import for the do-gooders rishton001
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3:00pm Fri 21 Oct 11

Diogenes The Cynic says...

He only served 2 years for killing someone!!

Utmost respect to Mr. Rogers for meeting this scumbag, who had a history of violent crime, bragged about his crime on Facebook, and on the day of the incident had been drinking all day (at 16!!)... I wonder if he'll turn out to be an upstanding citizen now?

I, for one, won't be holding my breath.
He only served 2 years for killing someone!! Utmost respect to Mr. Rogers for meeting this scumbag, who had a history of violent crime, bragged about his crime on Facebook, and on the day of the incident had been drinking all day (at 16!!)... I wonder if he'll turn out to be an upstanding citizen now? I, for one, won't be holding my breath. Diogenes The Cynic
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4:06pm Fri 21 Oct 11

juanbbien says...

Two years for killing someone a bloody disgrace.
Two years for killing someone a bloody disgrace. juanbbien
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6:02pm Mon 24 Oct 11

kempy says...

You get more for freud,ect law in this bloody country all wrong.Ho they have been reformed.I'am ashamedto be British.
You get more for freud,ect law in this bloody country all wrong.Ho they have been reformed.I'am ashamedto be British. kempy
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1:36pm Wed 26 Oct 11

brightlight114 says...

Rishton001 - I can assure you that the attack/assault/mansl
aughter was unprovoked.

It occurred on an individual who was seen to be an easy target for a scumbag/animal to take out his frustrations.

He should have behinds behind bars for much longer than he has been, and all credit to Mr Rogers - you have proved you are a true man with your response. I have a son and a daughter and could not begin to imagine the pain of something like this happening to them.
Rishton001 - I can assure you that the attack/assault/mansl aughter was unprovoked. It occurred on an individual who was seen to be an easy target for a scumbag/animal to take out his frustrations. He should have behinds behind bars for much longer than he has been, and all credit to Mr Rogers - you have proved you are a true man with your response. I have a son and a daughter and could not begin to imagine the pain of something like this happening to them. brightlight114
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