A LARGE group of Charmaine O'Donnell's family and friends were at court today - many sobbed with relief at the guilty verdict.

An emotional statement was released by her mum Jacqueline Gallacher, 50, and step-dad William King, 54, afterwards as they insisted "justice had been served".

READ MORE: Man convicted of killing Glasgow woman Charmaine O'Donnell

Glasgow Times:

They added: "We believe the jury has reached the right verdict for our beautiful daughter Charmaine.

"The past 15 months have been the most difficult time we have ever had to face.

"Losing Charmaine has changed our lives forever. We will never be the same again.

"Our hearts have been broken.

"She had her whole life ahead of her. She had a great personality and sense of humour warming the hearts of all who met her."

READ MORE: Glasgow man living in mum’s home threatened to 'slash' her friend if she came to visit

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

The parents also told how Charmaine had a talent for music and art.

They also thanked those involved in the case paying special tribute to the "selfless efforts" of the youngsters who tried to help Charmaine at the pier.

The statement concluded: "Although no punishment will ever bring Charmaine back, we hope and pray that a sufficient sentence is served on the person responsible for taking her life."