Former police detective jailed for life for murder

Peter Foster has been jailed for life for murdering his partner Heather Cooper.
Peter Foster has been jailed for life for murdering his partner Heather Cooper. Credit: Surrey Police

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.

Miss Cooper was killed at the couples home.
Miss Cooper was killed at the couple's home. She had given birth to her second child just weeks earlier. Credit: Surrey Police

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Former police detective admits murder

A former police detective has admitted murdering a policewoman from York whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.