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Mum of Rugby murder victim says justice served after guilty verdict

Rugby Editorial 17th Jul, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

THE TEARFUL mother of murder victim Shana Cover said justice had been served after her killer was sentenced to life.

Yvonne Rose, speaking after the trial of Ms Cover’s estranged husband Owen Williams, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the judge, barristers and jury for their role in bringing the accused to justice. I know you have heard many variations of the truth and you have had the very difficult job of deciphering the facts from the fiction.

“I would also like to thank the police, the victim support service and everyone who works behind the scenes as this result would not have been possible without you.”

“And I also want to thank my family and friends for the support they’ve given me at what has been a very difficult time.”

Detective Superintendent James Essex, who led the investigation, said: “This was a vicious and brutal attack. It is clear that Williams is an extremely controlling and dangerous individual and we welcome today’s sentence.

“Our thoughts today are with Shana’s family and friends; nobody should have to lose a loved one in such a way.

“I do hope that they can find some peace from today’s verdict and they can start to rebuild their lives. I would ask that their privacy is respected while they continue to come to terms with their loss.”

The body of Ms Cover, aged 34, was found in her flat in Morton Gardens, on August 21, 2014.

Williams, aged 51, from Grizedale, Brownsover, attended the flat sometime during the week prior to Shana’s body being discovered and attacked her, causing serious injuries to her neck which resulted in her death.

Williams will serve a minimum of 22 years.

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