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Murderer jailed for life after 'violent and prolonged' attack on partner

A man has been jailed for life for killing his partner a ''violent and prolonged'' attack.

Police were called to the home of 47-year-old Carl Harrison in St Helens in March 2019 after reports a woman had been stabbed.

Inside, officers found the body of 46-year-old Rachel Evans - she had suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harrison was arrested there and then and later admitted he had killed Rachel.

Police outside Harrison's home in St Helens Credit: Granada Reports

He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years in prison when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

Detective Chief Inspector John Williams said: "Rachel Evans suffered a violent and prolonged attack at the hands of Harrison resulting in over 100 injuries, and I hope today’s sentence brings even the smallest bit of closure to her family, particularly her children that have been left without a mother.

“It’s hard to imagine the devastation they have suffered through this whole ordeal but I would like to thank Rachel’s family for the courage and bravery they have shown throughout. I would also like to thank the officers involved in the case for the professionalism they have shown.

Jailed for life - Carl Harrison Credit: Merseyside Police

“Merseyside Police is committed to tackling domestic abuse of any kind and we have specially trained officers and Protecting Vulnerable People Units to investigate such incidents thoroughly and sensitively. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone at any time regardless of gender, age and sexuality and I would like to reassure anyone who may be suffering that help is available and you are not alone.

“Domestic abuse is not always just physical and can take many forms, including controlling or coercive behaviour and I would ask anyone who is suffering, or knows of someone who is suffering, to please reach out and seek help. Breaking out of the cycle of domestic abuse is difficult but we would like to assure victims that what you tell us will be taken seriously, you will be looked after and given the right kind of care and support, and strong action will be taken against the person responsible.

Officers found Rachel with more than 100 separate injuries Credit: Granada Reports

"Harrison will now be behind bars for a long time and I sincerely hope he reflects on the sheer pain and devastation he has caused.”

Anyone suffering from domestic abuse of any form is urged to contact Merseyside Police via @MerPolCC, on 101 or if they are in immediate danger call 999. They can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.