Mum explains to This Morning viewers why she has become friends with her son's killer

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A mum has appeared on This Morning to explain why she is now friends with her son's killer.

Joan Scourfield, 57, appeared alongside Jacob Dunne, 28, to talk about Jacob's transformation through restorative justice nine years after the fatal attack.

Mr Dunne who was 19 at the time killed trainee paramedic James Hodgkinson, 28, with one deadly punch in an unprovoked attack and was jailed for 30 months for manslaughter, serving 13.

Joan appeared on the ITV1 show via video link from her home and speaking with hosts Rochelle Humes and Dermot O'Leary explained how the unlikely friendship came about - as you can see in the video above.

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"Obviously a lot of anger was building up towards the sentencing," she said.

"Then we went through restorative justice to see if Jacob would even answer our questions about his side of what happened on the night and what he was doing now in prison.

"During the 13 months he was in prison I was trying to information to see whether he was doing any courses or whether he was allowed to do anything but we weren't allowed any information ourselves.

"So the only way forward was through restorative justice and thank goodness Jacob did agree to answer our questions, at the beginning that's all we wanted, everything has led on from there."

Dermot O'Leary, clearly taken aback by the story turned his attention to Jacob.

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"What strikes me is that this is a remarkable story of rehabilitation and second chances," Dermot said.

"This is for you to say, not me Jacob but it feels like Joan has given you your life back?"

"Yeah, one hundred percent," Jacob replied.

"With the courage that she was able to build up to ask me these difficult questions and to confront me, she gave me the opportunity to confront myself.

"It allowed me to ask those deep, dark questions about myself that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.

"Then I went on a journey of trying to understand why I was this angry young boy and I started to do the work to change myself and to change this for other people as well."

"It sounds to me like the rehabilitation started after prison," Rochelle said.

"Oh yes, after prison, prison did nothing for Jacob at all, he came out worse," Joan said.

Jacob continued: "Yeah, I came out more angry, more bitter.

"We've all been in lockdown haven't we and we've all been suffering with our mental health and we're in the comfort of our own homes.

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"So when you're isolated in a tiny little cell and you have no contact with anyone that gives you joy in life it's very difficult to remain upbeat and to reflect on what you've done and the reasons you're in prison.

"So we want people to go to prison to take responsibility and to take accountability but I just think the environment itself makes it difficult to do that.

"If myself and Joan can come together and have these difficult conversations and find a way forward then hopefully other people around the country can have those conversations."

This morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1

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