Life contains small moments when everything changes for ever. When, in 2011, Jacob Dunne, 18, smacked James Hodgkinson, 28, in the face, over some minor infraction in which Dunne wasn’t even involved, several lives swerved off course. A few days later, James died. Dunne was convicted of manslaughter and went to prison. James’s parents, Joan and David, tried to pick up their lives. Dunne’s mother couldn’t: prevented from working as a childminder because of her son’s act, she lost her flat, started drinking and descended into alcoholism.
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