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Sharon Hayter and her disabled daughter Stephanie Owen were found dead at their home in Knowsley Village last November. William Owen today admitted killing the pair at Liverpool Crown Court. Speaking on behalf of the family, Darren Barnett, Sharon's brother said:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court. Sadly we will never know why he murdered Sharon and Stephanie, and we are left with the lasting emotional scars and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.
Sharon Hayter and Stephanie Owen were found battered to death at their home in Knowsley Village last November. William Owen had originally denied the charge at Liverpool Crown Court. He'll be sentenced on Thursday.
An investigation is underway after shots were reportedly fired in Knowsley Village yesterday (Monday, 21 April). A member of the public called the police at about 8.30pm to Ross Close. Police made a full search of the area and found shotgun shell casings.
No-one has been reported as being injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Matrix team on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A campaign is being launched in Knowsley to highlight the issue of domestic abuse this Christmas.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, including verbal, psychological, emotional, as well as physical.
Alcohol can affect a person’s judgement it can cause paranoia, mood swings and depression making people more irritable, impatient and intolerant.
As well as encouraging victims to come forward, the campaign is also asking offenders to look at their behaviour and make steps to change.
They're running a programme called InPact- Intervening in Partnership Abuse Change for Tomorrow. To find out more visit www.kdvss.org.uk and click on InPact.
Knowsley’s Domestic Violence helpline is 0800 953 4433.
“For many people, Christmas is a happy time of year but some homes in Knowsley won’t have a Christmas filled with presents, fun and laughter but with fear and abuse.
“There are no excuses – the Safer Knowsley Partnership has come together to ensure our residents have access to the advice and support available to help victims who are in abusive situations, as well as offenders who want to change their behaviour. Our message is simply - help really is only a phone call away.
Police have charged a 55-year-old man with murdering a mother and daughter on Merseyside.
William Owen, from Knowsley, is appearing in court.
Sharon Hayter, 55, and her daughter, Stephanie Owen, 29, were found dead at their home in Knowsley on Thursday. Both died of head injuries.
An air ambulance was scrambled to the scene, but nothing could be done for the women.
"Sharon was a devoted, loving, caring mother and sister. She was extremely proud of her daughter Stephanie and was devoted to her.
"Sharon was educated at All Hallows secondary school in Speke. She later attained a degree in Information Technology, which she utilised as a volunteer, teaching children with learning difficulties.
"Stephanie was a loving daughter who loved singing and playing music. She enjoyed holidaying with her family at Blackpool.
"As a family we have taken some comfort from the lovely response within the community and are appreciative of their support.
”We would ask that we are now allowed some space and time to try and come to terms with the tragic loss of our much loved Sharon and Stephanie. They will be sadly missed.”
Merseyside Police say that the two women found dead at an address in Knowsley Village both died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Sharon Hayter, 55, and her daughter, Stephanie Owen, 29 were found dead yesterday.
A 55-year-old man from Knowsley Village, arrested on suspcion of murdering the women, remains in police custody.
Merseyside Police say that the two women found dead at an address in Knowsley Village yesterday are Sharon Hayter, 55, and her daughter, Stephanie Owen, 29. A post mortem to establish the cause of death for both women will take place today.
A murder inquiry's underway after two women were found dead at a house on Merseyside. They've yet to be named - but it's been confirmed one was in her 20s and the other in her 50s.
Their bodies were found at an address in Knowsley Village near Kirkby - a 55 year old man has been arrested.
Rob Smith has this report.