Former Chief Constable To Talk About Living Out Forgiveness After Son's Murder
Former Chief Constable Robin Oake QPM is to speak about Forgiveness at a 'More To Life' Advent Service, at All Saints Church in Weston on Sunday 12th December at 6.30pm. Robin's valuable words follow the death of his son, Stephen, an anti-terror detective who was tragically stabbed to death, whilst foiling an al-Qaeda plot in Manchester during an anti-terrorist raid in 2003. All are welcome at this thought-provoking event.
(PICTURES: ROBIN OAKE QPM, AND HIS BOOK 'FATHER FORGIVE: THE FORGOTTEN 'F' WORD)
Robin said; "I am looking forward very much to returning to Bath and I would be particularly delighted to meet any Bobbies!"
Robin's son Stephen received a posthumous Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his bravery.
Now the Vice President of the Christian Police Association, Chancellor of the Order of St John’s international charity and author of ‘Father Forgive: The Forgotten ’F’ Word’ and ‘With God On The Streets’, Robin has spoken on BBC Radio Shropshire about the awful shock of losing his son and his journey into forgiveness.
BBC Shropshire reported Robin as saying 'He was a wonderful son... he was very brave in his duties... a man who just enjoyed his job, but he also enjoyed his family... he lived for other people'.
'I was alone because my wife was in Manchester... I had a few friends to help and a night of sleeplessness to try and prepare for a press conference which was inevitable the next morning... it was very very painful as you can imagine.'
He was reported as praying for help when asked at a press conference after the event, what he felt of his son's killer. 'It took an awful long time to answer it, I know the silence probably seemed longer to me than others, but I was praying... 'Lord give me the right words here' and that's why I said I forgive him.'