A Doncaster man has been jailed for murdering his partner – 17 years after he carried out the attack which would later claim her life.
Ann Robinson suffered life-threatening injuries after being assaulted by 58-year-old Christopher Keeling at their home in Truro Avenue, in Wheatley, Doncaster, on December 28, 2000.
She survived, but needed 24-hour care as a result of the incident and was admitted to hospital again in March 2014, where she later died.
Keeling had already been in prison after being given a 14-year sentence for attempted murder following the initial attack.
But he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court again yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to murder.
Keeling, now of Selby Road, Thorne, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 18-years.
Thee time he served for attempted murder will be deducted from the sentence.
Detective Constable Ian Honeybone, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Extensive medical assessment concluded that the brutal and sustained attack on Ann in December 2000 significantly contributed to her death in March 2014.
“Her health was forever changed as a result of Keeling’s actions that night. Ann survived extensive injuries but needed round-the-clock care and medical support.
“I am pleased Keeling has finally accepted responsibility for his actions but this does not bring Ann back, and the guilty plea will be small consolation to her loved ones after 17 years of pain."