Mom who turned in her 19-year-old son to the police for murder says she has no regrets

A mom who turned in her own son to police for murder has said she has no regrets over her decision.

The Daily Mail reported how Donna Delbono, 42, decided to hand over her 19-year-old son Joshua to the police after learning that he had stabbed a young teen in the UK’s Somerset region in July 2022.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Joshua is now set to serve a minimum of 21 years in prison for the shocking incident, which saw 16-year-old Charley Bates lose his life.

Delbono – a mother to seven – expressed to the outlet that her choice was “the hardest choice any parent will ever have to make.”

“I was brought up to know the difference between right and wrong, and to always try to do the right thing in life, no matter how hard it is. Even though it was such a tough choice to make, I know I’d do the same again,” the mother told The Mail.

“I couldn’t have lived with myself if I’d chosen instead not to call the police. I feel terrible that Charley Bates lost his life and my sympathies go out to his family,” she added

Joshua was sentenced last week in a Bristol court, following a guilty verdict after a two-week trial. He will now leave his job as a bricklayer and head to prison in the coming weeks.

During the trial, the emergency police call made by Joshua’s mother was played for the court, in which she is heard saying: “My son’s killed someone. It was at Radstock earlier. He’s just come back and I’ve found out. He’s in my house now but I can’t let him go anywhere.”

According to the teen’s mother, her daughter Jade had told her that Joshua confided in her that he’d killed Bates on a night out with friends.

Delbono told the outlet that Joshua had stabbed Bates – whom he’d never met – left the vicinity and headed home to bed. Upon discovering the disturbing information, Delbono had woken her son, at which time he confessed to everything: “I said there was only one thing he could do – hand himself in to the police.”

He had been too scared to phone the authorities himself, so Delbono had called on her son’s behalf. “My son will have to live with this for the rest of his life,” she said.

It was during the trial that the court heard how the dispute leading up to Bates’ stabbing was with Delbono’s friends over money. Then, when a fight broke out, both groups became embroiled in a fight and Joshua stabbed the victim in his chest.

During the sentencing, Bristol Crown Court Judge William Hart remarked: “Let me say to all who hear my remarks of the damage that is caused by carrying knives. What happened that day cast a horrible shadow over everyone.”

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