Man slept as murdered girlfriend lay dead on floor

Man slept as murdered girlfriend lay dead on floor
Liam King

Liam King

A man who repeatedly stabbed his partner and then left her dead body on the floor as he slept has been jailed.

Liam King (born 18/04/1988) of Holt Street, Eccles, pleaded guilty to murder at Manchester Crown Court today, Tuesday 26th August 2014.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 15 years before he is considered for parole.

King was sentenced for murdering Rebecca Ayres, 24, who was found dead at the home she shared with King on Holt Street on Thursday 6th March 2014.

The post-mortem examination revealed Miss Ayres died as a result of multiple stab wounds sustained during an attack on Wednesday 5th March.

On the day she was killed Miss Ayres had been at the Dutton Arms pub with her father to watch a football game, when Liam King entered and shouted abuse at her before leaving again.

Ayres explained to her father that she and King had split up hours earlier, but did not understand why King was acting so aggressively towards her.

After the game, Ayres and her father walked to an address on Holt Street, where Rebecca met a friend.

Her friend told her that should King become aggressive when she returned home, Rebecca was to come back to her house for refuge.

Tragically, that was the last time Rebecca was seen alive by anyone other than King.

King admitted during interview that later that night he became involved in a domestic argument with Rebecca at the house that they shared. He then stabbed her several times in the chest and arms as she tried to defend herself.

He admitted that he left Rebecca struggling for breath on the floor and when he returned shortly afterwards she had died.

He then spent the night at the address and only fled when he heard Ayres’ father knocking on the door the next morning.

King was arrested later that day.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: “Liam King’s actions have left a three-year-old little boy without a mother, parents without a daughter and a family and group of friends without a young woman that lived life with a smile on her face and brought joy to those she knew.

“The Police investigation revealed that Liam King was very controlling and abusive towards Rebecca.

“This is another terrible reminder of how important it is that the victims of domestic abuse, or their friends and family members if they suspect someone is a victim, should come forward and report it to the Police.”

Sacha Cooper, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “Liam King carried out a brutal attack with a knife on his partner of two years following an argument about whether he would be attending her son’s christening a few days later.

“After the attack King made no effort to call emergency services, instead he left her body in the house and went out drinking. Rebecca’s concerned father called the police the following morning when he was not able to make contact with her, but tragically by this time it was too late.

“Liam King’s callous and cowardly actions have left a young child without a mother and parents without their daughter.

“I would like to offer my condolences to Rebecca Ayres’ family and friends, my thoughts are very much with them at this time.

“The CPS are dedicated to tackling domestic violence, which is a blight on our communities. We will continue to work with the police and other agencies to provide the best possible service to victims, and bring to justice those who commit such abhorrent offences.”