Daniel Hodges jailed for Gillian Andrade murder in Loughton

Daniel Hodges
Image caption Hodges will serve a minimum of 17 and a half years in jail

A "controlling and violent" killer has been jailed for murdering his former girlfriend with a knife.

Gillian Andrade, 39, was found dead inside a house in Churchfields, Loughton, in Essex, in July.

Daniel Hodges, 31, admitted murder and on Friday was given a life sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Ms Andrade's mother Mary Davey said: "No sentence today can compare with the life sentence which was imposed on us last year."

Hodges will serve a minimum of 17 and a half years in jail.

He worked as an oil rig worker off the Scottish coast but rented a room at the house in Churchfields.

Hodges and Ms Andrade had previously been in a relationship and had met up on the evening of her death.

The court heard he killed her because he believed she was seeing someone else.

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Lucy Robinson said: "Hodges was a controlling man with a violent temper.

"Gillian was a woman who was full of life; a loving mother, daughter and sister. Gillian had been in relationship with Mr Hodges and she trusted him.

"He abused that trust and selfishly, through his own violent jealousy, took Gillian's life away from her family."

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