Jeanette Goodwin murder: Ex-partner found guilty

Martin Bunch
Image caption The jury found Bunch guilty of murder with a unanimous verdict

A man has been found guilty of murdering his former partner in a crime described by a judge as "wicked" and "callous".

Mother-of-three Jeanette Goodwin, 47, suffered multiple stab wounds in the attack at her home in Quebec Avenue, Southend, Essex, in July 2011.

Martin Bunch, 44, of Southchurch Road, Southend, was convicted after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He will return to the court for sentencing on Friday.

Mrs Goodwin died after Bunch went to her home armed with a knife he had brought with him from his mother's house and stabbed her more than 30 times in the chest, the court heard.

After the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict, Bunch mouthed abuse towards Mark Goodwin, Mrs Goodwin's husband, before leaving the dock followed by two security guards.

'A coward'

Judge Charles Gratwicke said of Bunch: "He's been convicted of a wicked, callous, violent crime and he has shown absolutely no remorse.

"He should expect a substantial prison sentence."

In a statement, Mrs Goodwin's family said: "We are relieved that justice has at last prevailed and relieved that the defendant is no longer a threat to innocent people like Jeanette.

Image caption Jeanette Goodwin died in hospital

"We are grateful to the jury in seeing the truth and realising the enormity of this horrendous crime committed by Martin Bunch.

"Bunch is a coward and has ruined so many lives with this callous act.

"His manner throughout the four-week trial has proved he has absolutely no remorse for what he has done.

"Not only did he take our dear Jeanette's life but he has ruined so many more in the process."

Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett said Bunch "would not accept the relationship was over and murdered her""

He added: "Not only did he deprive the three children of their mother, he has put the family through the ordeal of a trial, and even accused her loving husband Mark of killing her.

"Despite the overwhelming evidence he did not admit his own guilt, but the jury on the evidence has convicted him."

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