Man jailed for life for murder of midwife

|News, Violent crime

A man has today been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 17 years, for the murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood.

Michael Stirling, 32, admitted killing Ms Eastwood, 28, who had been missing for eight days before her body was discovered in a rural area near Staffordshire on 4 August.

The court heard that on the afternoon of the murder Stirling - the brother-in-law of Ms Eastwood's ex-fiancé - visited the victim at her home in Stoke-on-Trent and the pair had argued due to growing tension following a relationship between them.

Stirling pleaded guilty to one count of murder on 22 October at Northampton Crown Court.

Douglas Marshall, from the CPS, said: “On the day of the murder, Michael Stirling flew into an intense rage following an argument with the victim.

“On the strength of the case built by the police and CPS he ultimately pleaded guilty and will now have to face the consequences.

“No sentence passed by the court can lessen the devastating impact of Stirling’s actions on Ms Eastwood, her family and her friends, and our thoughts remain with them.”

Notes to editors

  • Douglas Marshall is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • Michael Stirling (30.05.1986) pleaded guilty to one count of murder on 22 October at Northampton Crown Court. He was sentenced on 3 December at Stafford Crown Court.

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