Man who killed girlfriend, her mother and the family dog with a hammer is jailed for life

06/12/2016

A man who killed his girlfriend, her mother and the family dog in a brutal attack has been sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 29 and a half years.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Anthony Showers, AKA  Leroy Walker, 42, broke into the Anfield home of his girlfriend Jade Hales, 28, on Sunday 12 June 2016.

Jade Hales had been the victim of domestic abuse in an on-off relationship with Anthony Showers. He was subject to a Criminal and Civil court order preventing him from going to her address.

Jade Hales had been ignoring his communications in the days prior to the murders.

He left his home and went to Jade's house in Cathedral Road at around 7am, but wasn't allowed in. He later returned to the address and armed himself with a hammer.

He went to the back of the house and climbed onto a ground floor roof of the outhouse and then smashed the rear bedroom window to gain entry.

Inside the house, he killed the pet dog with a single blow with the hammer to its head.

He then attacked Jade and hit her at least 12 times with the hammer to the head. The blows were delivered, in the words of the pathologist, with "severe force".

He then went downstairs where Jade's mother, Karen Hales had her bedroom. She had numerous health problems and needed a Zimmer frame to walk.

He hit Karen in a similar sustained attack with multiple forceful blows to the head with the hammer.

The pathologist gave evidence to the sentencing Judge that, whilst Jade was either dying or dead, Showers had sexual intercourse with her.

Showers later handed himself into the police. He was interviewed and in the first interviews refused to provide an account.

After 48 hours in the police station he admitted the two murders but he also lied. He claimed that the sexual intercourse was consensual and that he hadn't taken the hammer with him to the property.

The forensic evidence showed that he had broken into their home and a special hearing at Liverpool Crown Court today dismissed his other claims.

The victim impact statements from the family were read to the Judge and described the family's devastating loss and love that they had for Karen and Jade.

Harry Pepper, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "This was a very brutal attack on a mother and daughter in their own home. Both were vulnerable - Karen had poor health and Jade, her full-time carer, weighed just six stone.

"Anthony Showers tried to minimise his guilt in interview but Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have worked hard to prove that he was lying.

"Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Karen and Jade Hales at this very difficult time."