Man jailed for murder - Oxford


A 24-year-old man has been jailed for life and is to serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder of a woman in Horspath, Oxford.

Stewart Dale, aged 24, from Hampden Road, Oxford, was convicted of the murder at Guildford Crown Court today, Thursday, 06 December 2012.

Dale killed 55-year-old Jenny Hume at a static caravan in Prospect Park on 18 May.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched. This was a particularly brutal and savage attack, which led to the untimely death of Jenny Hume.

"The jury found that there was overwhelming evidence that Stewart Dale killed Jenny despite his denials.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for the victim and her family and friends. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help them come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.

"However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends of Jenny and our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman, from Thames Valley Police's Major Crime team said: "This guilty verdict comes after the jury have listened carefully to the evidence gathered by the investigation team.

"That evidence tells to story of an attack of extraordinary brutality. They jury also reached their verdict having heard Dale give chilling and disturbing accounts, both in police interview and in court, of the terrible violence he inflicted on Jenny Hume in taking her life.

"The minimum 30 year term of his life sentence reflects the sadistic nature of the attack, which Judge Critchlow described as being of truly exceptional brutality. I would like to pay tribute to the dignity shown by Mr Hume, Jenny's brother who represented the family and offer our condolences to all her family and friends."

Speaking outside court, her brother Billy Hume said: "Firstly on behalf of Jenny's family I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service, police and court services.

"Today Stewart Dale has been found guilty of Jenny's murder. This is the right verdict.

"Jenny was taken too soon. Her family will miss and always love her. No sentence however long will compensate for our loss."