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Victim's family welcome jail term for killer

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

Roy Simister has been given 16 years in prison for the murder of his wife Debbie

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The family of a woman who was murdered by her drunken husband as she tried to leave him have said "no amount of imprisonment" will bring her back.

A judge sentenced Roy Simister to 16 years for the murder of his wife Debbie in April last year at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

His trial had heard how the couple endured a volatile marriage with a history of domestic violence and alcohol abuse, and Mr Simister had packed her bags on Monday April 8, and was preparing to go to her elderly father. But Simister stabbed her several times, before calling paramedics to say he had stabbed his wife.

Yesterday, Mrs Simister's family said they wanted to move forward now the trial was over.

"We're happy with the verdict and the fact that he was found to be guilty, but no amount of imprisonment will bring back our precious Debs," said a family statement. "She was the heart and soul of our family and now that she is no longer with us, we are completely torn apart." It added: "Now it is all over we can finally put it all to rest and move forward."

Detective Sergeant Pete Ritson said: "The outcome today may not bring much comfort to Debbie's friends and family but we hope that they feel justice has been done. Our thoughts are with them, and most importantly, her children at this very difficult time."

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