The family of murdered Kyle Byfield have paid tribute to a ‘fantastic character’.
Natasha Capell, 26, of Jubilee Court, in Banbury, has been found guilty of his murder today, Wednesday, following a seven-day trial at Oxford Crown Court.
Capell admitted stabbing the 23-year-old at her flat on April 16, but denies intending to cause him real serious harm.
Kyle’s mum Roni Byfield, his father Alan, and Kyle’s girlfriend Laurie Peach have all paid tribute to a ‘fantastic character’.
Mr Byfield said: “Kyle was my only son and we had a strong father and son bond.
“He had a fantastic character, a cheeky smile on his face and honest charm. Kyle was a joker. He found it difficult, as anyone would, to cope with losing his 10-year-old sister Aleah, when he was 13.
“Kyle had his whole life ahead of him.
“He had a good job and worked hard and was looking forward to his life together with his girlfriend.
“It devastates me to know I won’t get a telephone call from him and won’t hear his voice again.”
Mrs Byfield said: “Kyle called me most mornings and I affectionately called him ‘The Boy’.
“We would have a short chat before he went to work and he often told me he loved me.
“Our whole family is devastated by losing Kyle. No one should lose two children.
“Kyle was a great support when his sister Aleah died. Kyle always wanted children and he would have been a fantastic father.
“My life has fallen apart since I lost my son and nothing can bring him back.”
Miss Peach said: “Kyle and I met about two years ago. We hit it off straight away.
“We were in a loving relationship planning for our future and Kyle took great care of me in a way most 23-year-olds wouldn’t have done.
“Now that Kyle is no longer here I feel lost.
“I visit his grave every week as it is the only thing that brings me any comfort. Our future together has been taken away.”
The family added they welcomed the conviction which brought them some comfort but said it could in no way compensate for the loss of their loved one, Kyle, who will be forever in their hearts.