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CPS statement on conviction of Robert Cusworth

21/12/2009

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, Carl Barker, said:

"The reason Robert Cusworth murdered Sally Garwood is impossible to comprehend. As he told the police, he was in a bad mood and he purchased a knife with the sole intention of hurting someone. Sally Garwood was an innocent young woman, just 34 years old, who was simply walking her dog and had done nothing to provoke or invite the attack. This was a chilling and utterly senseless murder which has taken the life of a young woman and devastated the lives of her family.

"The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank all the witnesses who did what they could to save Mrs Garwood and then gave statements to the police.  In particular, were grateful to the very young and brave nine-year-old boy who came forward to tell the police what he saw.  What he said helped us to build an extremely strong case against Mr Cusworth. His guilty plea today has spared Mrs Garwood's family the trauma of reliving what happened on the day she was killed. We hope that today's conviction can bring them some measure of comfort."