A former police detective has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years after admitting the murder of his partner, a policewoman whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.
Heather Cooper, 33, who was from York, was stabbed before her body was dumped in woodland.
Peter Foster, 36, had previously pleaded not guilty to killing his partner, but changed his plea to guilty at Lewes Crown Court today.
The family of a woman murdered by her partner, a former police detective, says they are humbled by the respect and love shown after her death.
Heather Cooper, a policewoman who grew up in York, was killed in October last year at the home she shared with her partner Peter Foster.
Foster, 36, had initially entered a plea of not guilty to murder after Ms Cooper's body was found in woodland in West Sussex. But today he changed his plea to guilty, admitting to killing her at Lewes Crown Court.
Ms Cooper family released a statement thanking those who had been involved in the investigation and her friends and colleagues saying she would have been 'proud of them all.'
– Statement on behalf of Heather Cooper's family
Since Heather’s tragic death, we have been humbled by all the wonderful tributes of respect and love that have been paid to her and the immense compassionate and sensitive support we have received from all quarters. We couldn’t have asked for more.
We would like to thank everyone, in particular the investigation team for all their professionalism and their hard work over the last eight months and all Heather's friends and colleagues for the incredible fundraising which they have undertaken in her memory. She would have been proud of them all.
A former police detective has admitted murdering a policewoman from York whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.
Peter Foster, 36, had pleaded not guilty to killing his partner Detective Constable Heather Cooper, 33, but changed his plea to guilty at Lewes Crown Court today.
Miss Cooper, who grew up in York, was killed at the couple's home while she was on maternity leave in October last year.
Her body was later found dumped in woodland in West Sussex. A post-mortem examination confirmed death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and a stab wound to the throat.
Miss Cooper had joined Surrey Police in 2003 and worked in the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Guildford. During her career she was praised by senior officers for her work and in 2009 was given a commendation by the force for her "professionalism, dedication and commitment".