Man jailed for life for stabbing partner to death

Ian Hope, jailed for life for the murder of Sarah Gosling Credit: North News and Pictures

A man who stabbed his partner to death has been jailed for life at Newcastle Crown Court.

The judge told 53 year old Ian Hope that he will have to serve at least seventeen years before he can apply for parole.

The court heard that Hope had repeatedly attacked 41 year old Sarah Gosling during their relationship.

A week before the killing, Hope had received a community order and been told to attend a domestic violence programme.

Police were called back to the house in Lemington in Newcastle just hours before the killing, but the couple had assured them that everything was all right.

Sarah Gosling died from a single stab wound to the chest, during the fatal row later that night.

The jury took just one hour to find Ian Hope guilty of murder.

After the hearing, Sarah Gosling's brother, Andrew Bernard, released a statement on behalf of the family:

"Sarah Gosling was a mother, daughter and sister when she was robbed of her young life by Ian Hope....the pain that his killing of my sister has left us with will remain always".