Nottingham killer jailed for 28 years


A Nottingham man has been jailed for 28 years for murdering a woman he was in a relationship with and a separate count of attempted murder for an attack while on remand.

James McCarthy killed Julie Semper in her own flat. He visited her while drunk and violently attacked her after an argument broke out between them, strangling her and stabbing her in the abdomen. He stole her keys so he could lock her flat and cover his tracks.

Later, while on remand, he viciously assaulted a fellow prisoner in an unprovoked attack.

He pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court and was given life sentences for both offences, with a combined minimum tariff of 28 years.

Lynsey O'Donnell, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "James McCarthy is a violent and dangerous man. Julie Semper trusted him and welcomed him into her home. Despite this, he attacked her and killed her to make sure she would not report him to the police. His actions were cruel and cowardly. Julie Semper's family must be devastated by her loss. I would like to offer my condolences to them at this difficult time."