Life in prison for girlfriend's murder

16/12/2011

A Derby man has been sentenced for life for the brutal stabbing of his girlfriend – a crime described by CPS East Midlands Chief Crown Prosecutor Judith Walker as ‘tragic and senseless'.

Martin Shaw attacked Danielle Thomson in her home in August. When a witness to this assault ran to get help from the police, he locked the door and stabbed her repeatedly, before leaving the house. He was quickly arrested and charged with murder.

His crime was seen by eye-witnesses and the murder weapon, found near where he was arrested, revealed DNA from both him and the victim. He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced immediately to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 22 years before he can apply for parole.

Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "This was a tragic, senseless killing of an innocent young woman who had done nothing to cause this attack. The evidence was compelling that Martin Shaw had gone to Danielle's house with the sole intention of murdering her. His guilty plea was the only possible course open to him. This horrific crime has robbed a family of a loved one in the most brutal way. My thoughts are with them and I hope that the swift conclusion of the criminal proceedings against Martin Shaw will help provide closure for them and allow them to start rebuilding their lives."