What happened next remains unclear - there are dozens of differing accounts and Jock himself cannot say for certain what went down in the following minutes. However he is fairly certain that he did not fatally stab Andrei Monov (one of the attackers). Yet he was convicted of the crime and remains in a Bulgarian jail to this day, serving out a long sentence with little hope of appeal or release.
While Jock has the support of his family trying to do what they can to ensure he gets at the very least a fair trial, it is the meticulous research of journalist Belinda Hawkins that has bought this little known case to the public focus. Fielding a phone call back in 2008 regarding the case has led her on a long, painstaking journey and the only thorough investigation of just what happened on that freezing winter night. It is her belief that Jock is not guilty of the crime and she remains committed to helping him and his family achieve justice.
This is a very well written book but at times it is hard to read, simply because it is so horrifying. As a parent you cannot imagine what it must be like for your child to be incarcerated in a foreign prison with little hope of achieving justice, let alone being released. As the title suggests it is indeed every parents nightmare.