Father of teenager who was left to die ‘suffering a living nightmare’

The father of a teenager who was left to “rot to death” in his own home is suffering a “living nightmare”, a judge sentencing the youngster’s mother and grandmother has been told.

Jordan Burling, 18, was said to have resembled the victim of a Second World War death camp when paramedics found him weighing just 6st, lying lifeless on a makeshift bed in his Leeds house, Leeds Crown Court has heard.

His 45-year-old mother Dawn Cranston and grandmother Denise Cranston, 70, were found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week.

Jordan Burling was left to ‘rot to death’ on an inflatable mattress (West Yorkshire Police/PA)

At the beginning of a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Mr Burling’s aunt, Susan Burling, read a victim statement on behalf of his father Steven.

Ms Burling said the family was trying to cope with a “living nightmare”.

The statement said: “I just can’t understand why all these horrific things have happened to me and my family.”

Mr Burling’s 25-year-old sister, Abigail Burling, was found not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person.

The trial jury also heard how police found the decomposed body of a baby in the house.

- Press Association

More in this Section

Israel hits targets across Gaza after rocket attack

Democrats demand release of full Mueller report

All the key announcements from Apple’s live event

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike


Lifestyle

25 years on: Do you recall where you were when you heard the news of Kurt Cobain's death?

MOMMY DEAREST: The portrayal of Irish mothers on screen

Making Cents: Consumers have more options with An Post

More From The Irish Examiner