A FATHER has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his girlfriend while their children were in the house.
Jordan Quailey was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years at Luton Crown Court last Thursday after he stabbed his girlfriend and left her for dead.
Quailey was sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering his partner Christine Peters, also known as Chrissy, last April.
The court heard how Chrissy’s six young children were at their home in Wadsworth Court in Bedford, along with a friend’s two children, when 30-year-old Quailey stabbed her once through the chest with a kitchen knife.
He then put a duvet over and left her body on the sofa, before taking the children to stay with relatives,
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Detective Constable Neal Hastings, of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who investigated the murder case, has warned others in a similar situation to Chrissy to get out while they are able to.
He said: “Christine has clearly left a big gap in the lives of many people, and everyone spoke of her being a wonderful mother.
“Quailey was a coward and a violent man with a previous conviction for possessing weapons and for assaulting Christine. Unfortunately, all too often we see that someone, who has been assaulted by their partner later suffers even greater violence after taking them back.
“If anyone is in the same position as Christine, I’d urge them to seek help to leave these situations safely, even if it is not from the police.”
Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council work in partnership to tackle domestic abuse through a shared service, which is hosted at Central Beds headquarters in Chicksands.
The shared service works in partnership with other agencies including Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Probation Trust, NHS Bedfordshire, and hospitals in the local area.
Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities services said: “We are supporting those living with the consequences of domestic abuse, but also tackling the problem at its source.
“In Central Beds we have commissioned a pilot community-based programme for male perpetrators of domestic abuse who want to change their behaviour and volunteer to attend.
“Plans are in place to look at the development of a similar programme for Bedford Borough in the coming year.”
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