Life sentence for man who stabbed girlfriend to death and then confessed to a friend

06/10/2014

A man who stabbed his partner and then rang a friend to say that he’d murdered someone has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Kevin Hawke, 33, had been drinking heavily on the night he stabbed his girlfriend Sharon Winters, 39, in her home in County Road Walton.

He told police that they'd argued while they were watching television on the evening of 12 July 2014.

He'd kicked her to the ground and then stabbed her several times while she pleaded with him to stop.

His Honour Judge Goldstone QC referred to the sustained ferocity of the attack at the end of the case.

The court heard that Hawke then rang an ex-girlfriend and said, "I've murdered someone... " and went on to say, "I've stabbed her lots of times."

His ex-girlfriend told him to call for an ambulance which he eventually did. The police arrived and found Hawke outside the house, wearing only his jeans and covered in blood.

He was arrested for Sharon's murder and later told officers: "I started stabbing her. I just went for it. I just saw red."

Hawke pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment by Judge Goldstone, with the recommendation that he serve a minimum term of 17 years and 6 months.

Gary Simpson, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mersey-Cheshire, said: "This was a cruel and senseless act of violence against a woman who posed no threat to Hawke.

"Hawke carried out a horrific and frenzied attack while in drink, on a vulnerable victim. He only realised the terrible reality of his actions after his victim was dead.

"Hawke has now shown remorse but this will be of no comfort to Ms Winters' family and friends."