Whitefield man jailed for murder of partner


A 39 year old man has today been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years for murdering his partner at her home on Conway Avenue in Whitefield, Greater Manchester on 12th February 2016.

William Mack head-butted then strangled 36 year old Leanne Wall on the morning of 12th February after hiding overnight in the attic of their home. He pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing.

David Graham, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "William Mack carried out a sinister and premeditated attack on Leanne Wall, his partner of three years, after lying in wait overnight in the attic of their home.

"He climbed into the attic unbeknown to Leanne the evening before. He took provisions to his hiding place and took cover until the next morning when he leapt down and murdered her. He grabbed her by the hair, head-butted her then repeatedly strangled her with his bare hands and a belt whilst their 16-month-old daughter was downstairs playing with her toys.

"William Mack is an extremely dangerous man whose murderous actions were motivated by jealousy and possessiveness over his partner.

"We know that nothing can undo what happened to the victim, but we hope that today's sentence bring her family and friends at least a small sense that justice has been done."