THE FAMILY and friends of Owen Dunn have reacted to finally getting a verdict after sitting through a lengthy murder trial. 

Tyler Hunt, 18, and a 15-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of the murder of Swindon teen Owen Dunn after stabbing him to death on December 4. 

The jury unanimously convicted both teenagers on November 30, which Mr Dunn's family has described as 'very emotional'. 

Jo Davis, a close family friend of the Dunns and who set up the Owen's World Community Interest Company, was in court throughout the trial alongside his mother, aunties and nan. 

Speaking on behalf of the family, she appeared on BBC Radio Wiltshire to talk about what the moment the guilty decision came in was like. 

“It was very emotional," she said. "I think as it got towards the end of the day we started doubting if we were going to get the verdict.

"But when it happened it was very emotional, in court, it was very surreal, sounded like it took forever for the guilty words to come out – we were so relieved.

"We never really doubted it would be anything other than murder but when you are sat there waiting for it to come out… I don’t know…I’m still in shock now."

Ms Davis added: "We’ve been in court and we’ve seen and we’ve heard things we will never unsee and never unhear, now that’s over it’s the part where you sit there and it goes round and round in your head.

"Although the result was what we’ve wanted we’ve still not got Owen, although we’re pleased, it’s still very, very difficult."

The family are now preparing for the anniversary of Owen's death, and are planning to hold a celebration for the teen's life at the Moonrakers. 

His sister-in-law Eilish Skeates said: "On Monday December 4, to mark the first year without Owen, our family would love if everyone could join us at the Moonrakers for a disco and plenty of refreshments at around 6pm.

"We thank everyone for the continued support we’ve all had over the past year and would love for you all to raise a glass with us for Owen."

The family will be taking a break from campaigning over Christmas, but have big plans to renew the fight against knife crime in Swindon next year.