Following the decision to jail four men over the killing of Jonathan Binns, his family have branded the attack “cowardly”.
His sister Julie Anderson, who has been in court throughout the four week trial, said the experience had been “very difficult and distressing” for the family.
And she admitted they will never come to terms with what happened on August 7 last year.
In a statement on behalf of the family, she said: “We are satisfied with the verdicts reached by the jury and are grateful for their efforts throughout the trial.
“On hearing the evidence in court of how Johnny died, we consider this was a cowardly, unprovoked attack, carried out in a way that was cruel, wicked and so totally unnecessary.
“Johnny was a peaceful, non-violent person who showed no violence towards his attackers, he was simply brave enough to resist the attempts to steal what was rightfully his.
“We will never come to terms with what has happened. Johnny came from a large and loving family and we will carry the burden of Johnny’s loss forever. The last time we saw Johnny was at a family wedding and now we will never get to experience any of those happy times ever again with him. Johnny was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“The evidence has highlighted the danger of using knives and the tragic consequences that can result.”
Kevin John Pickering has been handed a life sentence for the murder of Mr Binns.
Codefendants Nicholas Polihronos, David White and Jim Cousins have all been jailed for manslaughter.