Sussex

Paul Withers jailed for life over Lauren Masters murder

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Image caption Paul Withers fled after stabbing Lauren Masters

A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend 23 times with a knife has been jailed for life after being found guilty of her murder.

Paul Withers, 22, killed Lauren Masters, 20, in her flat in Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill, on 28 August.

She had made a 999 call begging for help saying she was going to die after being stabbed by Withers.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years in prison following the trial at Hove Crown Court.

The pair had two children together, however, Ms Masters had told Withers she no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him.

The court heard on the day she died they had taken the children to Hastings to buy shoes, but argued when they returned home.

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Image caption Lauren Masters had broken off the relationship with Paul Withers

Withers, of Davis Close, Bexhill, grabbed a kitchen knife, stabbed her, then fled, the court was told.

He later rang police using a fake name to report screams from the flat.

The first officers to arrive found Ms Masters with stab wounds to her face and body.

In a statement, Ms Masters' family said: "He has shown himself to be a contemptuous individual who has not once shown the slightest remorse for murdering Lauren.

"She did not deserve to suffer and die like she did."

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Media captionPaul Withers used a fake name to report a disturbance at the flat in Bexhill.

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