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Husband jailed for life for stabbing wife to death

Claire Tavener was stabbed to death in Nailsea in January 2018. Credit: Facebook

A man who murdered his wife and left their two young sons to find her body has been jailed for life.

Andrew Tavener repeatedly stabbed his wife, Claire, at their Nailsea home sometime overnight between Sunday, 7 January and Monday, 8 January 2018.

The couple’s two young sons were left to discover their mother fatally injured before the eldest called police.

The family home in Brendon Gardens in Nailsea. Credit: ITV West Country

The 45-year-old then fled the Brendon Gardens address and attempted to take his own life by lying in front of a train at Nailsea and Backwell Station.

On arrival at the station, officers found Tavener with a significant injury to his hand after he had been hit by a train.

He admitted to officers while on the platform that he had just killed his wife.

Andrew Tavener's injured hand can be seen in his mugshot. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Tavener spent the next few weeks in hospital receiving treatment to his left hand having lost several fingers before detectives were able to question him and subsequently charge him with murder on 1 February.

Today (10 April), he appeared at Bristol Crown Court where he was given a life term and told he would serve a minimum of 16 years and eight months behind bars before he will be considered for release.

Claire’s brutal murder has devastated her family and I know it will take them a long, long time to adjust to life without her.

Her boys have to grow up not just without their mother, but with the knowledge that their father is responsible for her death.

This was a senseless crime and one which we have been given no explanation for as Tavener refused to answer any questions in interview.

Claire’s boys, along with the rest of her family, have shown tremendous resilience and courage in dealing with this tragedy and my heart goes out to them as they continue to rebuild their lives.

– Detective Inspector Mike Buck, of the Major Crime Investigation Team
Claire's family say she was a very special young woman loved by so many. Credit: Family

Claire Tavener's family have released a statement praising her love for life and positive outlook.

Our lives now, will never be the same. Nothing can bring back our daughter.

Claire was a very special young woman loved by so many. We will miss her love for life, positive outlook and sense of humour.

Now, because of her unnecessary tragic death, she will never see her boys grow up.

We would like to thank the Major Crime Investigation Team and the victim support homicide service for their support since Claire’s tragic death.

– Claire Tavener's family