Dad’s tribute to tragic Wakefield teenager

Samantha Sykes (left) and Kimberley Frank (right).
Samantha Sykes (left) and Kimberley Frank (right).
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The father of one of two teenagers stabbed to death in Wakefield has told how he was only recently reunited with his daughter.

Kimberley Frank, 17, and Samantha Sykes, 18, were found dead at Miss Frank’s flat in Barden Road, Eastmoor, last Saturday morning.

Paul Stephens, 54, had been estranged from his two daughters Kimberley and Elisa Frank, 19, after splitting up with her mother when they were children.

He had recently started re-building a relationship with the two sisters.

Mr Stephens, from Wakefield, said: “Never in your worst dreams would you imagine anything like this ever happening to your daughter. Nothing will ever be the same again.”

He added: “We’d just started being a family again. They would come and stay all the time, we were close. We were looking to the future, but that’s gone now.”

His son Dafydd, 25, was also close to his half-sister. Mr Stephens said: “He’s really struggling to come to terms with what has happened. Nothing prepares you for this.”

Mr Stephens said: “[Kimberley] was like every other normal teenager. She was lively and outgoing. She was so young, she had everything to live for.

“I only met Samantha a few times but she seemed a lovely girl. My heart goes out for her family.”

Ahmad Otak, 19, of Linton Road, Eastmoor, Wakefield, has been charged with murdering the two women at the flat in Barden Road on Friday, March 9. Otak is also accused of the kidnap and false imprisonment of Elisa Frank.

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