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'I hope you rot in hell you evil, evil coward of a man'

Burke has been sentenced for life for the murder of Cassie Hayes Photo:

Burke sat emotionless in the dock as Tracy Hayes read out a powerful personal statement from the witness box.

Supported arm-in-arm by her daughter Nadine, she said:

On January 13 at 1.20pm our lives changed forever.

"You took the most precious gift I ever had in my life, my beautiful daughter, my baby, in the most horrific way ever.

"You are the most evil, evil monster walking on this whole earth. You do not deserve to breathe fresh air.

"You predicted every detail of that tragic day. You watched my baby from outside her shop before carrying out the most evil act possible.

"You walked into her shop and told someone what you were about to do.

"You went behind my baby and made up to give her a cuddle, showing to people there was nothing wrong, and ended my most beautiful baby's life.

"You then took a deep breath with no remorse and you went and sat down and watched my baby die.

"You are a sick, disturbed man and you do not deserve to walk the streets again.

"You should spend the rest of your life behind bars.

"You have taken the most precious thing from me.

"She was my whole world, my everything, my best friend.

"I have got to live my life without her.

"It has torn our lives apart.

"I don't know how I'm going to spend each day without her.

"I just want my baby back and I hope you rot in hell you evil, evil coward of a man."

– Tracy Hayes