Sarah O'Neill murder: Ex boyfriend jailed for life

Sergio Saavedra-Navarrete Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption The judge said Saavedra-Navarrete must be deported after serving his sentence

A man from Mexico who murdered his former girlfriend at her home in Bristol has been jailed for life.

Sergio Saavedra-Navarrete, 27, pleaded guilty to murder at Bristol Crown Court and was sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in prison.

The body of Sarah O'Neill, 22, was discovered in a property in Rose Green Close, in the east of the city on 8 January.

A post-mortem examination showed she had died from head injuries.

The judge said Saavedra-Navarrete would be deported to Mexico after serving his sentence.

Det Insp Julie Mackay, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "The attack on Sarah was a savage one which left her with horrific injuries.

"It was the worst kind of betrayal from a man who, out of kindness, she continued to allow to share her home despite them recently separating.

"Sarah's murder has torn her family apart and I know that it will take them a long, long time to adjust to a life without Sarah in it.

"I hope that the significant sentence handed to Saavedra-Navarrete gives them some comfort and helps them to continue rebuilding their lives."

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Image caption The body of Sarah O'Neill was found at her home in Bristol in January

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