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Bristol man jailed for ex-girlfriend's murder

Sergio Saavedra-Navarrete has been jailed for 26 years. Photo: Avon & Somerset Police

A man from Bristol who murdered his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.

In January, 22-year-old Sarah O’Neill was murdered in her home at Rose Green Close in the Speedwell area of the city.

Her former boyfriend, Sergio Saavedra-Navarrete, 27, was immediately arrested and subsequently charged with her murder. A post-mortem found that she had died of head injuries after a fierce and brutal assault.

Today Saavedra-Navarette appeared at Bristol Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 26 years before he can be considered for parole.

Sarah O’Neill was murdered by Saavedra-Navarrete at her home in Rose Green Close. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The attack on Sarah was a savage one which left her with horrific injuries. It was the worst kind of betrayal from a man who out of kindness she continued to allow to share her home despite them recently separating.

Sarah’s murder has torn her family apart and I know that it will take them a long, long time to adjust to a life without Sarah in it.

I hope that the significant sentence handed to Saavetra-Navarette gives them some comfort and helps them to continue rebuilding their lives.

– Detective Inspector Julie Mackay, Avon & Somerset Police
Rose Green Close is in the Speedwell area of Bristol. Credit: Bing maps