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Appeal to find killer of murdered daughter

Clare's Mother and daughter are launching an appeal to find her killer Credit: MEN Syndication

A mother has made an emotional appeal for help to get her daughter’s killer convicted as detectives re-examine the case.

Mother-of-two Clare Marie Brown was strangled in her own home seven years ago.

She was found in the bedroom of her house in Exford Close, Miles platting, by her brother after the family became concerned that they had not heard from her.

Her former boyfriend, Stuart Lawrie, from Gorton, stood trial for her murder, but was acquitted in November 2008.

The Manchester Evening Newsreports that officers from GMP Cold Case Review Unit are now going to reasses the murder.

They will check to see if any new forensic evidence can be gleaned.

The last person from her family to speak to Clare was her mother, Margaret Taylor.

She was a fantastic daughter - a fantastic mum. We all miss her so much.

We want to get justice for her children more than anything. I do think there is someone out there who knows something.

I wish they would just come forward and say it - think about the kids, think about our family.

It is seven years and we can’t move on. I think of Clare every day.

– Margaret Taylor, Clare's mother told the Manchester Evening News

Anyone with information can ring the cold case unit on 0161 856 5961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Clare Marie Brown was strangled in her own home seven years ago. Credit: Manchester Evening News

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Ashar sentence could be "unduly lenient"

Solicitor General Oliver Heald has asked the Court of Appeal for permission to refer the case of Ilyas Ashar, who was jailed for 13 years in October for subjecting his victim to a life of "misery and degradation".

Ashar repeatedly raped a deaf and mute girl he trafficked into the UK to work as his domestic servant

While Ashar exploited his victim to satisfy his sexual desires, the girl was also used to steal more than £30,000 in benefits.

After careful consideration, the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP, has decided to ask the Court of Appeal for permission to refer the sentences of Ilyas and Tallat Ashar as possibly unduly lenient."

– The Attorney General's Office.