October 23, 2017

Life sentence for woman who murdered girlfriend she had abused for years (Guardian)

Life sentence for woman who murdered girlfriend she had abused for years (Guardian)

A woman has been jailed for life for the murder of her girlfriend, who had been beaten for years by her partner and had lost contact with her young daughter.

Becky Reid, 32, was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years after being convicted on Thursday by a jury of the murder of Lyndsey Vaux, 30, following a six-week trial at Manchester crown court.

Reid refused to leave her cell at HMP Styal on Friday to face sentencing.

Vaux’s daughter, aged 12, was sitting in the public gallery when she was addressed directly by Judge Richard Mansell QC after he jailed Reid.  Vaux died in Wigan on 22 May last year, half-starved and severely injured following years of beatings by Reid, after falling under her control and losing contact with her daughter five years ago.

The judge told the girl: “I’m sure that deep down she still loved you. You must remember your mother did not abandon you, she was taken away by the actions of another person. Everything I have heard is, she was a really decent, kind, loving human being.” Read more

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