Devon

Keith Dance death: Jacqueline Cooke guilty of murder

  • 5 February 2014
  • From the section Devon
Ian Gollop and Jacqueline Cooke
Image caption Ian Gollop and Jacqueline Cooke both murdered Keith Dance

A woman has been found guilty of what police called the "callous and brutal" murder of a man in Plymouth.

The body of Keith Dance, 33, was discovered at a house in Molesworth Road, in the Stoke area of the city, in March 2013.

Jacqueline Cooke, 30, of Victoria Place, had denied murder at a three-week trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Ian Gollop, 51, of no fixed abode, had admitted murder at an earlier hearing. They are due to be sentenced on Friday.

Det Insp Costa Nassaris, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said officers were "pleased with the verdict" in what had been a "complex case" after Mr Dance's stabbed and beaten body was found.

Image caption The body of Keith Dance was found at a house in Molesworth Road

He said: "This was a callous and brutal murder of Keith Dance which caused considerable shock in the community.

"Our condolences go to the family at this difficult time, but we hope the fact that justice has been served will help them in their grieving."

Police had been in contact with Mr Dance before his death.

That contact is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after the Devon and Cornwall force voluntarily referred the case to the watchdog.

"We await the outcome of this and any recommendations the IPCC may make," added Det Insp Nassaris.

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