Family pay tribute to ‘doting’ Horsham father after killers’ convictions

Anthony Williams was killed in September last year
Anthony Williams was killed in September last year

The family of murdered Horsham father Anthony Williams have issued a moving tribute after two men were found guilty of killing him in September last year.

UPDATE: The men have now been sentenced to a combined 39 years. Click here to read the new story

Anthony William was a father of four. Pictures: Sussex Police

Anthony William was a father of four. Pictures: Sussex Police

Nicholas Bridge, 18, was found guilty of murder, while Daniel Onofeghare was convicted of manslaughter.

Click here to read more about the conviction today.

Speaking after the verdict, Mr Williams’ family said: “As a family we have always been strong and close. The past months since September 2017 we have all been living, in what can only be described, as our worst nightmare.

“Tony was kind, wise and caring. He was the first born child of five close siblings and he was a brilliant brother, attending every award evening throughout his siblings’ educations.

He was a doting father of three beautiful boys, very family orientated and a loving partner.

Tony’s family

“He was a doting father of three beautiful boys, very family orientated and a loving partner. He was a friend to many and would often help people in need, including taking soup and blankets to the homeless. Even through his own struggles he would always put the needs of others before himself.”

READ MORE: How did police detectives catch Anthony’s killers?

“The impact of our tremendous loss is shown through pain and anxiety throughout the family. Tears are shed on a daily basis and an overwhelming feeling of loss is felt by us all.

“Our minds are on overdrive, filled with questions that may never fully be answered.

Bridge (left) was convicted of murder, while Onofeghare was convicted of manslaughter by majority verdict. Picture: Sussex Police

Bridge (left) was convicted of murder, while Onofeghare was convicted of manslaughter by majority verdict. Picture: Sussex Police

Sleepless nights, constant exhaustion and feeling like we will never be okay or the same again. We have regular, nightmares as do Tony’s children. How will we explain to his three gorgeous sons how and why their father isn’t here?

“Little tasks have become difficult, eating and sleeping enough seem like such a big effort. Each day we try to find even the smallest amount of light, strength and normality to get through.

“Many of us can’t face going into Horsham town since that day as we cannot bare seeing where Tony spent his last moments and replaying that horrendous day.

“We have been through loss in a very public way. We all have extreme feelings of not being able to trust anyone outside of the immediate family.

“We look to the future with despair, how will we cope without our beloved Tony? How as a family and individual will we ever find joy again?

“There will always be a void now, the space in which Tony belonged to us.

“For most this will be over and forgotten in time, but for our family this will last a lifetime.”

Following the convictions, Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater thanked all those involved in the investigation.

Click here to read what she said.