My brother was killed by his abusive partner weeks after his 50th birthday: Men must report domestic violence before it’s too late

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Jonathan Gibbons, 50, was stabbed to death by his partner Joanne Moran on October 30 of last year.  Now his sister Sandra is speaking out to raise awareness for male victims of domestic violence.

The sister of a man who was killed by his partner encourages other men to speak out about domestic abuse in the home.

Sandra Lewis, whose brother Jonathan Gibbons was stabbed to death shortly after his 50th birthday by 43-year-old Joanne Moran, has spoken of her grief for the first time.

The 54-year-old mother of two from Liverpool revealed that she was always very protective of her younger brother, who was four years her junior.

After his death, she reflected on how his abusive partner ‘manipulated’ him, adding that it will ‘haunt her forever’ that he failed to save Jonathan from his killer.

She said: ‘I could never have imagined that she would end her life. I miss him a lot.’

Jonathan Gibbons, 50, was stabbed to death by his partner Joanne Moran on October 30 of last year. Now his sister Sandra is speaking out to raise awareness for male victims of domestic violence.

Sandra, a security officer, recalled her brother: ‘John was charming, gentle, funny and kind. He would never have hit anyone. That was not his style.

‘We had a wonderful childhood; I was a tomboy and we would go out climbing trees and jumping into the creek.

The close siblings lived close together their entire lives, even after they each married and had families of their own.

While Sandra had two daughters, Jonathan had a son named Jay, who is now 26 years old.

When Jonathan’s marriage broke up, he began dating Joanne Moran, who had been a friend of Sandra’s daughter.

Sandra Lewis, 54 (pictured), from Liverpool, has revealed that she is

Sandra Lewis, 54 (pictured), from Liverpool, has revealed that she is “haunted” by the fact that she was unable to save her brother.

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Joanne Moran, 43 (pictured), was found guilty of murdering Jonathan Gibbons and has been sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Joanne Moran, 43 (pictured), was found guilty of murdering Jonathan Gibbons and has been sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

“He and Joanne got together in 2016, she was friends with my daughter, but she didn’t know her well,” Sandra recalled.

‘At first, I was happy for him. He was very hurt when he ended their marriage, and he hoped that Joanne would make him happy.

However, a few months into the relationship, Jonathan arrived at Sandra’s house with scratches on his face and neck.

She recalled: ‘I was horrified when he told me that Joanne had attacked him. I begged her not to come back, but she told me that she was sorry and that she wanted to give it another chance.

I confronted Joanne myself and she promised me it would never happen again. She told me that she was jealous of John’s ex-wife, with whom she was still in contact, because they had a son.

‘I felt powerless; all he could do was keep an eye on John. I knew he was kind-hearted and it worried me.

Before long, Jonathan quit his job at the cookie factory, which set off alarm bells for Sandra, as she had always known her brother was a hard worker.

‘I think maybe he was trying to hide his bruises from his co-workers. Or maybe she Joanne didn’t want her mixing with other women,” she said.

“Looking back, I can see that she was very jealous and controlling. She also drank more than I realized.

Every time Sandra visited Jonathan, she had to check with Joanne first. When she visited her, Joanne wouldn’t let Jonathan speak without interruption and she also badmouthed her partner.

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Sandra (pictured) said she had always been incredibly close to her brother Jonathan and the couple had always lived close to each other.

Sandra (pictured) said she had always been incredibly close to her brother Jonathan and the couple had always lived close to each other.

A childhood photo shows Sandra (pictured front row left) with friends and her mother (back row, second from left) with Jonathan on her knee.

A childhood photo shows Sandra (pictured front row left) with friends and her mother (back row, second from left) with Jonathan on her knee.

Although worried at some point, Sandra said there were no other marks on Jonathan’s face or hands, so she thought Joanne had “calmed down”.

In October 2022, Jonathan celebrated his 50th birthday. Sandra sent her money and visited her brother to give her a miniature set of whiskey.

She said: ‘Joanne was there, of course. John told me that he had bought clothes with the money, but I didn’t see any new clothes. Looking back, I think he probably never got the money. I think Joanne spent a lot on alcohol.

Jon didn’t seem like himself at all. he was very flat, and the light had gone out of his eyes. I kept asking if he was okay and he insisted he was. He didn’t want to push him, in case he got him in trouble with Joanne.

In the two weeks that followed, Sandra called and texted John, asking him to meet. But he did not answer.

On October 30, officers came to his home to say that John had been stabbed to death by his partner. He rushed to the hospital, where he was on life support.

Sandra said: ‘I was devastated. I sat up all night, begging him to come through. But she had been stabbed in the heart and the doctors said there was nothing they could do. Her life support was turned off later that day.

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“The police told me not to touch him, but I gave him a sneaky kiss on the forehead. He was absolutely heartbroken. He had protected his entire life from him and I couldn’t help feeling that he might have saved him somehow.

Joanne Moran appeared before Liverpool Crown Court last month and was found guilty of murder.

The court heard that Jonathan was stabbed through the heart at the couple’s home in Litherland, Merseyside, in the early hours of October 30 last year.

Moran told the court that “sometimes it can be a cow” but maintained that he did not remember stabbing his partner with a kitchen knife.

The killer showed no emotion when the jury’s verdict was returned after two hours and 53 minutes of deliberations. Moran, 43, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 17 years.

At Jonathan’s funeral, his favorite songs were played, including Deacon Blue’s Dignity and ACDC’s Highway To Hell. Sandra read the eulogy from her.

She said: ‘I am speaking out to persuade other men, and women, to stand up against domestic abuse. If John had told us about the violence, we could have helped him and he would still be alive today.”

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