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Alexis Durant murder: Andrew Hall-Venmore jailed

Alexis Mary Durant
Image caption A relative of Alexis Durant found her body

A man has been jailed after he admitted stabbing his girlfriend to death during an argument.

Police said Andrew Hall-Venmore, 30, tried to kill him himself by taking a drugs overdose after murdering his 42-year-old girlfriend Alexis Durant.

A relative of Ms Durant discovered her body at her flat in Loughborough, Leicestershire, on 20 February.

Hall-Venmore, from Coalville, was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years and 11 months.

Det Ch Insp Simon Cure, who led the murder investigation, said: "This was a callous assault in which the victim sustained a fatal stab wound from the man she was in a relationship with.

"The family of Alexis have been left devastated by his actions."

He encouraged other victims of domestic violence to contact police.

'Loving person'

Image caption Andrew Hall-Venmore admitted murder at Leicester Crown Court

After Hall-Venmore was jailed at Leicester Crown Court, Ms Durant's family said in a statement: "We have lost Alexis in the most violent of ways and the void of that can never be filled.

"Alexis was a loving person who had an ability to make everyone who knew her laugh."

Police said the couple had argued in the days leading up to Ms Durant's death.

A neighbour heard arguing from her flat in Gallico Close on 18 February, before it went quiet.

Hall-Venmore then went to stay at a friend's house, where he took a drugs overdose and was taken to hospital on 19 February.

A post-mortem examination discovered Ms Durant suffered three stab wounds, one of which was fatal.

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