Living with Murder: Looking back at the tragic death of Alan Kneebone

Living with Murder: Looking back at the tragic death of Alan Kneebone

Alan Kneebone, a talented musician

Alan Kneebone, murdered in November 21 outside a nightclub in Wakefield, Yorkshire

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A DOCUMENTARY about the murder of former Yeovil College student Alan Kneebone back in 2001 is to be screened on TV next month.

Alan, 22, was found lying outside a nightclub in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in the early hours of a November morning in 2001 suffering from knife wounds. He was taken to hospital, but later died, as a result of the unprovoked attack.

He was a talented musician – having discovered his love of playing the guitar while at Yeovil College studying for his A-levels – and he had only just started a two-year national diploma in music at Wakefield College when his tragic death occurred.

His death devastated his family and now they will be telling their story in the Living with Murder series to be screened on the Crime and Investigation Network on Monday, October 5, at 9pm.

Living with Murder is a documentary series that tells the stories of the victims of murder. This unique glimpse behind the headlines reveals what life is lie for the families left behind.

David and Maureen were the proud parents of three children, Claire, Alan and Emma, and were described by friends as the perfect Disney family. Their only son Alan was a talented young musician with everything to live for; at college he was the front man of his own band.

On November 10, 2001, David and Maureen went to visit Alan at university to see how he was settling in. Alan had only been dating his girlfriend Joanne for a couple of weeks but invited her to dinner with his parents. They could never have known that his new relationship would ultimately lead to tragedy. On November 17, 2001, David received a call every parent dreads. His son had been brutally murdered by Joanne’s ex-boyfriend, Ben Foster; his only motivation was jealousy.

A year later, Foster was sentenced to 14 years in prison. David sees the loss of Alan's potential as a sentence worse than any possible criminal conviction and eight years on, the pain of losing both his son and his best friend still hasn't eased. David is still in disbelief of the injustice of this sentence and he now chairs a charity called Victim’s Voice; an organisation that campaigns for justice.

While at Yeovil College, Alan formed his first band Midriff in which he was the front man and a born entertainer.

Midriff later disbanded and Alan went solo, writing songs and performing at a variety of venues in and around Yeovil.

After writing music for a couple of years he decided to take his music education further and enrolled at Wakefield College where he studied for a music production course – but then the tragedy of that November night in 2001 brought a sudden end to his life.

A family website has been set-up in memory of Alan and you can listen to some of his music by clicking on the link in our “related articles” section on this page of our website.

A family spokesman said: “Alan was a loving son, brother and friend and a very caring person.

“His personality shone through and everyone who met him could certainly not forget him and he had the ability to write songs at the drop of a hat to put smiles on peoples faces.”

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