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Life imprisonment for man who murdered his wife

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A 35-year-old man who killed his wife using a hammer and strangulation has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

Christopher Kerrell was recently estranged from his wife, Hollie Kerrell, when he attended her house on 22 April this year. During that visit he obtained a hammer from the garden shed and brought it into the house, where he hit her to the back of the head and then strangled her.

Kerrell was seen the following day near some remote farmland belonging to his family. Hollie’s body was found buried in a nearby field.

Christine Jones of the CPS said: “Through his brutal actions Christopher Kerrell robbed a young woman of her life and three children of their mother.

“Kerrell took considerable steps to cover up what he had done by pretending Hollie was missing whilst he concealed the body and disposed of her clothes and mobile telephone.

“Following a thorough investigation by Dyfed Powys police, the CPS built a strong case which ultimately resulted in a guilty plea to murder.

“Our thoughts remain with Hollie’s family and friends as they move on from the conclusion of the Court case.”

Christopher Kerrell was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years’ imprisonment when sentenced on 2 November 2018.

Notes to editors

  • Christine Jones is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Christopher KERRELL (DOB: 25/2/83) pleaded guilty to murder on 22 October 2018 which was the day of trial.

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