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Salford man jailed for stabbing ex partner to death

Vernon Holmes Photo: GMP

A Salford man who killed his ex-partner after stabbing her repeatedly has been jailed.

42-year-old Alison Hunt was murdered in her home by her former partner Vernon Holmes in January.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Holmes, who was 46 and of Caroline Street, Irlam, stabbed Alison repeatedly in the chest, back and neck, leaving her lying in a pool of blood in the hallway of her family home.

He then made off in his red Mini Cooper before disposing of the knife he used to kill Alison.

Officers quickly traced the red Mini Cooper, which was parked outside Holmes’ address and he was arrested.

Despite denying the murder he was found guilty and sentenced to sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years in prison.

This is a heartbreaking case in which a young woman has tragically lost her life and I cannot begin to imagine what her family are continuing to go through.

Holmes denied killing Alison and his cowardice put her family through further agony, but thankfully a jury saw through his lies and he will have to spend the next 25 years behind bars, reflecting on the misery and pain he has caused.

My heartfelt thoughts today however remain with Alison – a devoted mother who was taken from her family and friends in the most tragic and senseless way. And whilst no jail term can ever bring her back, I hope that today’s sentence provides some comfort to those who loved her and bring them the opportunity to begin rebuilding their lives.

– Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, Greater Manchester PoliceMP’s