Police and CPS welcome guilty plea in murder case

17/08/2009

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service both welcomed the outcome of a murder case heard today at Truro Crown Court.

Terry McCabe pleaded guilty to murdering Michelle Jenkinson and was sentenced to 13 years by His Honour Judge Cottle. McCabe murdered Michelle Jenkinson by stabbing her to death in her home in Newquay, Cornwall on 26 May of this year.

Commenting on the case, Detective Sargent Andy Warne said: "Michelle Jenkinson died as a result of a sustained and violent attack. Now that Terry McCabe has pleaded guilty to her murder, my hope is that this will help Michelle's family and friends come to terms with what has happened."

The CPS lawyer in the case, Ron Ede, commented: "This case arose out of sad and horrific episode. It illustrates what can happen in lives deeply affected by alcohol abuse. We hope today's outcome can bring some closure to the victim's family."

Notes For Editors

The CPS will not be undertaking any media interviews on the case at this stage.

The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:

  • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
  • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Presenting cases at court

The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. The Protocol is published on our website at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agencies/mediaprotocol.html