THE family of murdered musician Aaron Buron have spoken of their disgust following an alleged disturbance minutes after his killer was sentenced.
Haydan O’Callaghan, of Saunders Road, Oxford, was handed a life sentence for the murder of Mr Buron at Oxford Crown Court on Monday last week.
After Judge Patrick Eccles passed a sentence of 21 years, Mr Buron’s family went outside the court building to give a public statement on their ordeal. But an alleged dispute broke out between two supporters of the convicted murderer and the victim’s supporters.
Thames Valley Police is now investigating claims that a member of the Buron group was threatened and intimidated.
The sentencing was attended by members of Mr Buron’s family, who had already been disturbed by O’Callaghan’s behaviour in the dock.
When the verdict was delivered by the jury after a week-long trial on Friday, O’Callag-han made offensive hand gestures towards the family, including making a gun sign.
Mr Buron’s sister Jemma Buron said: “I am quite disgusted. It’s just sad. Why are you kicking off? It is not the time or the place.”
Gemma Harris, mother to Mr Buron’s son AJ, seven, said: “It ruined it really, because people were happy enough that it was 21 years and then they were kicking off outside.”
Sarah Craft, mum to Mr Buron’s other son, two-year-old Cory, said: “It makes me angry.
“There is a time and a place, it shouldn’t have happened there.”
And Mr Buron’s mum Eden Buron said: “All this has just happened, we had the sentence and you are reacting in this way?
“I hope and pray they keep their distance. I just feel sorry for them.”
Thames Valley Police spokesman Adam Fisher confirmed that an 18-year-old woman from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of intimidating a witness.
He added that a 52-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill to the same witness.
Both have been bailed to return to St Aldate’s police station on Sunday, November 4.
Dad-of-two Mr Buron was just two days away from his 30th birthday when he was murdered by O’Callaghan, 18, in Rose Hill last year.
During the trial, the jury heard that Mr Buron was stabbed three times with a kitchen knife.
The trained chef and music lover, who was studying carpentry at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College in Blackbird Leys, spoke out against knife crime in his songs.
Balloons will be released on Saturday in memory of Mr Buron. There will be prayers and hymns at the gathering at Mr Buron’s grave in Wolvercote Cemetery and family and friends will write their own personal messages to Mr Buron before releasing the balloons. The family had planned the balloon release for Mr Buron’s funeral, but it was delayed due to wet weather.