CHRISTOPHER Pratt’s family have paid tribute to a “compassionate and caring” man.
In a statement they said: “Christopher was an extremely private, compassionate and caring person who just got mixed up with the wrong man.
“He was so trusting that he would go out of his way to help anyone.
“However, in assisting someone who he thought was a friend in need, he received the ultimate betrayal.
“Christopher was law abiding, hard working and very popular among his friends and colleagues.
“He liked to joke and always had a funny story to tell. Everyone who knew him had a good word to say about him.
“He doted on his children and was really proud of them.
“He was also a skilled photographer, cook and gardener with an interest in travelling. “Before Desmond Lee brought his life to an abrupt end, he was the happiest he’d been for a long time.
“It has been very difficult for us all to come to terms with Christopher’s death and particularly hard to go through this trial listening to Desmond Lee’s lies.
“Christopher will always be thought of with fond memories and we will continue to support his children who have been the real victims here”.