Carl Field jailed for killing Debra Walsh in Nelson

Carl Field
Image caption Carl Field was convicted of her murder at Preston Crown Court

A man who killed his girlfriend at her home in Lancashire has been jailed for life.

Debra Walsh, 34, was found dead at the house in Norfolk Street in Nelson on 21 March. Police believe her body may have been there for several weeks.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died as a result of neck injuries.

Carl Field, 34, of St Philips Street, Nelson, was convicted at Preston Crown Court of her murder and told to serve at least 19 years behind bars.

Det Ch Insp Neil Howarth, who led the investigation, said: "I am pleased with today's verdict.

"This was a tragic crime which has left a young boy without his mother and a family devastated by their loss.

"Debra suffered horrific injuries at the hands of Field which ultimately led to her death; her final moments must have been truly unimaginable and Field deserves to spend a long time behind bars.

Image caption Debra Walsh died as a result of neck injuries

"Our thoughts are with Debra's family at this difficult time and I hope today's result will bring them some small comfort as they continue to come to terms with their loss."

The family of Debra Walsh said: "Debra was taken from us in the most brutal and horrific way and this is something none of us will ever overcome.

"Some slight relief has come today with Carl Field being found guilty of Debra's murder and receiving a life sentence, of which he will have to serve a minimum of 19 years.

"But ultimately we cannot be joyous; this will never bring Debra back."

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