Son’s pledge to fight for future of Leeds business in memory of ‘murdered’ mum

Pauline Butler.

Pauline Butler.

The son of a woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband has spoken of his loss – but vowed to fight for the future of the family’s business.

David Butler said his mother, Pauline, was “the kindest person you could ever meet”.

Ms Butler, 61, was found dead from multiple stab wounds at a property on Cherry Lea Court in Rawdon on April 14.

John Butler, from whom she was recently separated, is in custody awaiting trial for murder.

The 62-year-old, of Larkfield Road, Rawdon, ran Kettley’s Furniture in Yeadon along with his son and niece and nephew Nicola Davison and Andrew Collop.

Speaking for the first time since his mother’s death, David Butler, told how his life had been “turned upside down” but said he was determined the business would survive.

“My mother was the kindest person you could ever meet, she always thought about other people before herself,” he said.

“She would have wanted the business to carry on, she wouldn’t want us to just give up. If I had been a weak-minded person I would probably have crumbled but I’m trying my best, not just for myself but for everyone around me.”

Mr Butler, a father of one and the eldest of three brothers, had gone to work as normal the day his mother died.

He got a call from one of his brothers after the incident and was the first person on the scene at her flat.

“I found my mother in her flat and from then on my life has been turned upside down, it has changed my life forever,” he said.

“I probably cried more on that one day than I have in the rest of my 31 years combined, but it’s not possible to cry every day.

He said: “I’m not going to say that it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to you, but it’s certainly one of the worst things anyone can ever go through.

“Those first few days a nuclear bomb could have gone off and I wouldn’t have known. It didn’t seem real. But you have to carry on.”

Mr Butler was back at work a fortnight later, but said many customers thought the business had closed for good.

He thanked them for their support and added: “I’m confident the business will survive. We all get on very well, we have a few staff who are very good. It’s brought us closer together.”


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