A STRUGGLE for truth and justice is the subject of a book by a local woman following the alleged murder of her son.
Doris Barrack, from Newlands Court, Gainsborough, is 85 years of age.
Her son Alex lost his life at the age of 28 - in what she was told was natural causes.
However, she soon became suspicious and spent many years attempting – unsuccessfully – to gain access to the truth through the British judiciary system.
“He was just an ordinary lad who had an unfortunate childhood – he wasn’t into anything bad,” said Doris.
“He was a homosexual and very popular, but moved to London so he could be recognised. He died in 1996 when homophobia was still relatively rife.”
She continued: “Before that he lived in Newport in Shropshire and couldn’t come out as gay while he was there because it was such an insular town – now it’s different and people can talk quite openly about it.”
Following Alex’s death, Doris says that her suspicions were first aroused at his inquest.
“They told me I couldn’t have my son’s body for eight months because they were making further enquiries,” she said.
“As a retired nurse, I couldn’t believe what I was being told and that he died of natural causes – I knew he’d been unlawfully killed.”
Doris said that the London Metropolitan Police rejected her Freedom of Information requests and that her pleas to find out what really happened to her son were met with little or no response.”
“My quest for the truth was long and heart-breaking, and the came about my frustration at how I couldn’t get justice,” she said. “Every door I went to was shut in my face.”
“He died of asphyxiation, and it’s been a long struggle for the truth and through perseverance, I know now for sure that it was murder.”
After years of fighting for the truth, an MPS official told Doris: “Emotive murders such as this and the manner in which they are conducted is usually under strict secrecy.”
Now, Doris hopes that something positive can come from her experience – not only about how she claims ‘the scales of justice can be weighted against the ordinary individual when denied legal funding and therefore qualified legal advice’ but also about coming to terms with a loved one’s sexuality.
“Being gay is not something that people choose to be – it’s a very hard struggle for people to accept it,” she said.
“There’s lots in this book that I hope people can learn from, not only about my legal struggle but about homosexuality in society.”
She added: “The child who tells you that they’re a homosexual today is the same child that you loved yesterday, and if they confide in you then it’s a privilege.”
The Death of Alex Barrack – A Mother’s Long Search for Truth and Justice by Doris Barrack is out now and available on www.ebay.co.uk