Man sentenced for murdering ex-partner

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A man who stabbed his ex-partner while she walked home has been sentenced for her murder at Mold Crown Court today.

Jason Cooper, 29, attacked Laura Stuart on Love Lane in Denbigh as she walked home on 11 August 2017, stabbing her several times.

He then kicked her a number of times whilst she was on the floor.

David Roberts, who was walking with Miss Stuart, tried to protect her and was also stabbed by Cooper.

Members of the public provided first aid until medical professionals arrived, however, Miss Stuart later died at hospital two days later. Mr Roberts suffered serious but not fatal injuries.

Andrew Slight of the CPS said: "Jason Cooper made the decision to arm himself and seek out his victims.

"His attack was calculated, deliberate and had tragic consequences.

"The witnesses who came forward to support this case showed courage and we thank them for their cooperation. Through their evidence, and that of the CCTV recordings, the CPS was able to present a clear picture of what happened that night.

"Our thoughts are with David Roberts and the family and friends of Laura Stuart, who have shown dignity throughout the Court process."

Jason Cooper was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 31 years for the murder. He was also sentenced to twelve years' imprisonment for the attack on Mr Roberts to be served concurrently.

Notes to editors

  • Andrew Slight is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Crown Court team.
  • Jason Cooper (DOB: 27/12/1989)  was convicted of wounding with intent to cause GBH in respect of David Roberts, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act, 1861.

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