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16 year 'nightmare over' for Karen Skipper's family

The family of a woman murdered in Cardiff in 1996, say today's decision by the Appeal Court to reject the appeal by the man convicted for killing her has ended a 16 year nightmare.

The judge dismissed John Pope's appeal against his conviction for murdering housewife Karen Skipper.

Karen's three sisters later spoke of their relief that her killer had finally been brought to justice.

Our lives have been on hold for the past 16 years ever since Karen was killed. It has been an emotional roller coaster but we can now get on with our lives although we will never forget our loving sister. We have been told there will be no more appeals and now Karen can rest in peace.

– Heidi Mathison, Karen Skipper's sister

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