The father of hit-and-run victim Tim Osborn arrived home from Lincoln Crown Court after watching the man who caused the death of his son sentenced to eight years in jail and slept.
It was a short-lived moment of exhaustion for Stephen Osborn on Tuesday, who with his family had wanted justice for 27-year-old cyclist Tim, left lying motionless by the side of Bourne Road, Pode Hole, after being hit just after midnight riding home from work at the Morrison’s store in Pinchbeck on September 14, 2012.
In February Mr Osborn and his wife, Lynne, watched Paul Walken (42), of Chapel Lane, Folkingham, show no emotion when told he faced a jail sentence.
At the sentencing they sat behind Walken hearing “claims he had now taken responsibility for Tim’s death and whispering he was sorry”.
Mr Osborn spoke to the Free Press yesterday after a sleepless night, as the emotions of the past months came flooding back.
He said: “Eight years is not enough - it will never bring Tim back.
“We were told to expect three or five years and knew of some hit-and-run drivers getting away with a suspended sentence.
“So at least the sentence is enough not to feel that he just got a slap on the wrist.”
Mr Osborn was in court for the sentencing with his wife and youngest daughter Zoe.
He said: “Afterwards it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. At first I was exhausted but I couldn’t sleep during the night - tears just flooded out.
“I don’t know what to expect now - my mind’s all over the place. Hopefully in time will be will able to focus on the happy times.
“But we still can’t get our heads around the fact that he won’t be coming home. That’s going to take time.”
Mr Osborn is currently building a bike in memory of keen motorcyclist Tim, who had dozens of riders turn out for the funeral at Peterborough Crematorium.
He said: “We have a lovely picture of Tim to put on the tank and hope to have it ready by June so we can go to his favourite places and start enjoying the memories.
“But for now we’d like to thank everyone who has helped get this case to trial. I saw all of the boxes of evidence and know how much work went into it. We are so grateful for all of the support we have had.”