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THE heartbroken mum of a brave rape survivor who helped convict her paedophile running coach has paid tribute to her “loved” daughter after she took her own life.

Katie Shone, 38, a close friend of ex-Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster, was found dead at her home in Australia on Sunday.  

Katie Shone, 38, was found dead at her home in Australia


Katie Shone, 38, was found dead at her home in AustraliaCredit: Twitter
Charlie Webster and Paul North - who also abused her friend Katie Shone


Charlie Webster and Paul North – who also abused her friend Katie ShoneCredit: The Times

Her mum Susan Stothard, 66, said she wants her daughter to be remembered for her “glowing smile” and her constant efforts to go “above and beyond to be a good friend, daughter and sister”.

She said Katie “put on a front for people” in the years after she was abused by her running coach, Paul North, at the same club in Sheffield as Charlie.

North was convicted in 2002, after a 15-year-old victim who he stripped and assaulted told her father, who reported him to the police.

He was jailed for 10 years, and has since been released. 

Susan said Katie moved to Australia hoping it would be a “land of opportunity”.

But eventually “the thoughts resurfaced, the trauma and the abuse”.

She told the Daily Mail: “That’s definitely why she did what she did. I’m still in shock and I can’t get my head around it.

“She put her heart and soul into people and things, that’s why everybody loved her, I don’t think she realised how much she was loved.

“She touched so many people despite the trauma in her life that she always tried so hard to push away.

“Katie was always remembered for her smile and how she went above and beyond to be a good friend, daughter, sister.”

Susan added: “She didn’t want to be recognised by the trauma and that’s why I think she never addressed it.”

The devastated mum said she knew her daughter’s “pain and unhappiness”.

“We wanted her to come home, we were trying to get her to fly back, but she found that coming home was bringing up too much trauma,” she said.

Susan praised Sky Sports star Charlie for “working so hard” to bring her home.

Charlie has paid tribute to her “courageous and strong” friend Katie.

The broadcaster said: “I’m so sad, hurt & pained to say Katie has sadly passed away.

“Katie is my friend, was part of my running group that I made my BBC documentary Nowhere to Run: Abused by Our Coach about. Katie died by suicide.”

Charlie, 40, explained how she and Katie met at the running club in Sheffield when they were children – and soon became best friends.

In 2021, brave Charlie made a powerful BBC documentary about how the club’s respected coach – Paul North – groomed her and subjected her to horrific sexual assault.

She revealed how Katie was bravely came face-to-face with him in court to testify against him and put him behind bars.

“For Katie the pain was just too much, her mental health deteriorated and she devastatingly took her own life,” Charlie said on a GoFundMe page to bring Katie’s body home to the UK.

Charlie hailed her friend as “incredibly courageous, strong and so brave to stand up in court and testify against him”.

“Katie saved so many other children from being sexually abused by this abhorrent rapist,” she said.

“We know there were girls abused before us but Katie made sure there were none after us.”

The Sun interviewed Charlie Webster in 2021 about the abuse she faced.

She kept silent for 20 years and said she was too ashamed to speak out, blaming herself.

But after campaigning for abuse victims with the charity Women’s Aid, and encouraging victims to speak about their experiences, she decided to reveal her own trauma to help others. 

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Charlie paid tribute to her 'courageous and strong' friend Katie


Charlie paid tribute to her ‘courageous and strong’ friend Katie

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