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No remorse Murdered teen Megan McAlorum's sister says family was 'never the same' after her death

In tonight's episode of Britain's Deadliest Kids, Megan’s sister Lynne recalls the grief she and her family experienced when they were told that Megan’s body had been found

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16-year-old Megan McAlorum was brutally murdered in 2004

16-year-old Megan McAlorum was brutally murdered in 2004

16-year-old Megan McAlorum was brutally murdered in 2004

The sister of a teenage girl who was brutally murdered has said that the family was “just never the same” since her death.

In 2004, 16-year-old Megan McAlorum was reported missing after a night out with some friends in Belfast. Her mutilated body was discovered in the mountains overlooking the city the following morning.

Her killer, Thomas Purcell, had lured her into a stolen car before ending her life and returned to where he dumped Megan’s body the next day, staging a phone call to police after pretending to discover her body.

He received a life sentence and was ordered to serve a minimum term of 15 years.

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Killer: Thomas Purcell is due to be released in March

Killer: Thomas Purcell is due to be released in March

Killer: Thomas Purcell is due to be released in March

In tonight's episode of Britain's Deadliest Kids, Megan’s sister Lynne recalls the grief she and her family experienced when they were told that Megan’s body had been found.

“There were two police officers, and my Mum was sat there. They just said, ‘it's your daughter,’ she emotionally explains.

“That was very hard. It was unbelievable, seeing my Mum and Dad. My family was just never the same afterwards.”

Lynne recalls that, on 12th April 2004, her family woke up to discover that Megan had not returned home from her night out.

“We didn't realise until the early hours of Easter Monday that Megan hadn't returned home. It was like she'd just vanished off the face of the Earth.”

She adds that Mr Purcell showed nothing but callousness during the trial.

“He never showed any remorse, he sort of looked as if, ‘What am I doing here?’ A bit of an attitude. But he never showed compassion or anything towards [the] family at all.”

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For Megan’s mother Geraldine, Purcell’s actions changed the course of her life.

“Even in the court he smirked,” she tells viewers.

“She meant nothing to him, he didn't know her. She meant nothing to him, but she meant the world to us.”

Purcell was released from prison in April 2021.

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