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Police hope verdict will bring some closure to ordeal

Monday (21 March) saw the end stage of the trial for a woman convicted of murdering her own daughter.

Tamara Butler never denied killing her child and the judge alone trial was held to determine her state of mind when she stabbed six year old Bethany back in October 2014.

Her defence had hoped for a manslaughter conviction, which would have meant less jail time, and the opportunity to receive the best possible treatment for her mental condition.

But that wasn’t to be.

Instead Judge Alaister Malcolm returned a murder conviction, meaning she will be given a mandatory life sentence.

A tariff will be set in the coming weeks to determine when she could make her first attempt to seek parole.

Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay said there were no winners in this case, and no time for celebration when the verdict came through.

Instead, he praised the officers who investigated this difficult, and disturbing crime.

No date has been set for the hearing to determine the amount of years Mrs. Butler will be jailed for.
It’s expected to be heard before the end of May.

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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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