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Man jailed for killing partner at Oxfordshire home

Lisa Ruth Consterdine
Image caption Lisa Ruth Consterdine was found strangled

A man has been found guilty of murdering his partner whose strangled body was found at her Oxfordshire home.

Lisa Ruth Consterdine, 48, was found dead at a house in Purslane Drive, Bicester, in March last year.

Detectives said Sean Freaney was "more interested" in the Manchester United score on the night of the murder rather than the death of the mother of two.

Freaney, 50, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court to life imprisonment and must serve at least 14 years.

Det Supt Rob Mason, of Thames Valley Police's major crime team, said Freaney had shown "no remorse" since he was arrested.

Image caption Freaney told police a number of stories during the investigation

"I was appalled that he was more interested in the Manchester United score on the night the incident happened rather than the death of his partner," he added.

"Freaney initially told police on the night of Lisa's murder that he was armed and that he was going to kill everyone in the house.

"He then claimed he had accidentally killed Lisa in his sleep, then changed his story again with less than four weeks to go before he was due to appear in court."

Ms Consterdine's daughters, Katheryne and Claire, and her son-in-law Martin, released a statement after the verdict.

"We are relieved that some justice has been served and we are looking forward to putting this behind us and moving on," they said.

"It brings us great comfort that our Mum can now rest in peace."

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