Girlfriend's grief at McDonald's victim

A man who died after being attacked in front of his girlfriend was barely a month away from becoming a father for the first time. Richard Moore, 21, of Magdalen Close, Norwich, died on Thursday evening from head injuries, 24 hours after being attacked at McDonald's, in Haymarket, in the city centre.

A man who died after being attacked in front of his girlfriend was barely a month away from becoming a father for the first time.

Richard Moore, 21, of Magdalen Close, Norwich, died on Thursday evening from head injuries, 24 hours after being attacked at McDonald's, in Haymarket, in the city centre.

Jemma Todd 18, who is expecting the couple's first child, a baby boy, on April 29, told how the pair enjoyed a “brilliant last few weeks together” and he was her “perfect partner”.

On Saturday Gerard Owen Stonehouse, 48, and his son Jonathan William Stonehouse, 18, both of Woodcock Road, Norwich, appeared before Norwich Magistrates charged with manslaughter.

Miss Todd was in the restaurant with Mr Moore when the attack happened at 4pm on Wednesday.

Speaking from her mother's home in Mile Cross where she is being supported by family, she said: “Words cannot express what he meant to me and I know he will always be looking over me and the baby.

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“He was a fantastic chap and got on with everyone.

“He was lovely and gentle and always looked out for me and looked after me. He was my perfect partner and we were both looking forward to the baby.

“We were devoted to each other and never spent a day apart. We were planning to spend the rest of our lives together. We had a brilliant last few weeks together. We were so happy.”

The couple had been together for about two and a half years and met through Jemma's brother James, when he worked with Mr Moore at Burger King in Norwich.

She said Mr Moore, unemployed at the time of his death, had been on a job centre training course and was working hard to find full time employment so he could support his new family.

Jemma's mother, Angie Todd, said Mr Moore had become an important part of the family.

She said: “He was the most perfect partner I could have asked for for my daughter. They both really wanted the baby and had been trying for 18 months.”

Brian Houghton, Jemma's step-father, said: “Richard was lovely. He was placid, quiet and intelligent. He would not have hurt anybody. He was really looking forward to being a dad.

“Words cannot express how we feel at the moment. It is not that fact that he has gone so much as the way he was taken. We never had a chance to say goodbye.

“Jemma and Richard were completely into each other and lived for each other. They were planning the rest of their lives.

“We now put our faith in the police and judicial system.”

Following the attack around a dozen bouquets have been left outside the restaurant, which re-opened for the first time since Wednesday afternoon.

One read: “Such a tragic waste of life. You will always be in our hearts. Night night.”

Another said: Richard, our thoughts are with you. Rest in peace, mate.”

The two men charged with manslaughter were granted conditional bail on the grounds they live in a bail hostel outside Norfolk, report to police three times a week and do not enter the county other than to attend court or visit their solicitor.

They will appear before Norwich Crown Court on April 11.