Man sentenced to for life for the murder of his partner

11/03/2016

A man has today been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 17 years, after he was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court of the murder of his 47-year-old partner.

On Christmas Eve 2014, the body of Julie Mercer was found in the office where she worked by a co-worker who immediately contacted the police.

Following a detailed investigation, the police tracked Ms Mercer's movements the night before and they identified her 46-year-old partner, Nigel Woolley as being in her company.

After Ms Mercer had finished work she met with Woolley and they went shopping together before going to her workplace.

It was there where the two of them argued and Woolley attacked and killed her. He then called for a taxi and was taken home.

Following the verdict Jason Corden-Bowen, Acting District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Nigel Woolley has a history of violence when under the influence of alcohol. That night, he had been drinking at a local public house before he met Julie Mercer.

"Following an argument Woolley became violent and attacked Ms Mercer with such force that she died from her injuries.

"Rather than call for the emergency services, Woolley fled the scene and left Ms Mercer to die.

"This verdict is a recognition of both the violence perpetrated by Woolley on Ms Mercer and of his callous actions after the event.

"We understand that little will adequately address the loss of a family member in these circumstances and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Ms Mercer."