Hartlepool woman Marie Metcalfe jailed for murder.
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41-year-old Marie Metcalfe has been jailed for life (with a minimum of 18 years) after admitting to the murder of her sister Laura, who was 44, in Hartlepool on Good Friday.
Speaking after sentencing at Teesside Crown Court today, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Simone Bennett said:
“This was a terrible, tragic incident which has had devastating and long-lasting effects on Laura’s family and on the wider community.
“Yesterday Marie Metcalfe pleaded guilty to her sister’s murder and therefore there was no trial which would have added to the family’s stress and trauma.
“The sentence passed today reflects the serious nature of the crime and its effects on Laura’s family.
“Marie Metcalfe will now spend a lengthy period in prison - with time to reflect on her actions that day.
“On behalf of the investigation team I would like to thank Laura’s family for their support and also the wider community for engaging with the police which has ultimately led to this outcome.
“I wish Laura’s family strength and courage as they continue to come to terms with what happened to their loved one.”
Laura’s family kindly provided this photo of her and they said: "The loss of Laura, a much-loved mum, sister, daughter and friend has destroyed our family beyond repair. We will never forget her and will love and miss her forever."