THE family of murder victim Joanne Harrison has paid an emotional tribute to “the greatest daughter and sister”.
Her partner Christopher Foley was yesterday found guilty after a week-long trial at Liverpool Crown Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The 23-year-old will serve a minumum of 16 years.
The court heard how on the afternoon of Sunday February 1, he stabbed 20-year-old Joanne in the neck with a pair of scissors at their home in Cameron Place, Worsley Hall, after a short argument had ensued between them.
Paramedics attended but sadly Joanne died in hospital a short time later.
After Foley was sentenced, her family released a statement, saying: “Joanne was the greatest daughter and sister and a best friend to many.
“She was fun loving with her whole life ahead of her. Joanne was taken from us in February in completely unnecessary circumstances.
“We cannot express how devastated we are that her life has been stolen from her. We miss Joanne every minute of every day
“Today her killer has been sentenced, and justice has been served.
“We can try to repair our heartache although no matter how long the sentence is, it will not bring Joanne back or make our loss any easier.
“We need to attempt to move on and hopefully today will now provide closure for our pain over the last six months, however, we will never forget Joanne or the many memories she has given us.
“On behalf of the family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Greater Manchester Police, and the Crown Prosecution Service for their continued support and professionalism in this matter.”
Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge said: “This is a very horrific and very sad case in which a young woman lost her life in a violent domestic attack.
“Nobody should suffer at the hands of a violent partner and we will do everything we can to protect victims of domestic abuse and send the perpetrators to jail.
“Today, Foley has been jailed and I hope this goes some way to bring peace of mind to Joanne’s family and can put to rest the end to the torment they have endured, after their traumatic loss.”
If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone that is you can seek by contacting the Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525 or visit endthefear.co.uk. Report ALL incidents of domestic abuse to police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Always dial 999 where there is a threat to life or crime in progress. ALL reports are taken seriously
For further information about the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or to make a request for information under it, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or visit your nearest police station.