Woman jailed for life after stabbing partner to death

Alexia Heckles Alexia Heckles was jailed for a minimum of 12 years for killing her partner, Scott Dunne

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A woman has been jailed for life after being found guilty of stabbing her partner to death.

Alexia Heckles, 35, of Rosemary Gardens, Allerton, Bradford, killed Scott Dunne with a single stab wound to the chest.

She was convicted unanimously of murder by a jury at Bradford Crown Court and handed a minimum 12-year sentence.

Mr Dunne, 41, died following the assault at Rosemary Gardens on 18 January.

West Yorkshire Police said the couple had experienced "domestic issues".

Det Ch Insp Jon Morgan said: "Though justice has been done for the victim in this case, there are many other people, men and women, trapped in violent relationships.

"There is support out there and I would urge people to seek help to change their situation, before it escalates to the level of anger and lack of control that results in murder."

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