Rebecca Ayres murder: Liam King jailed for life
- 26 August 2014
- From the section Manchester
A jealous boyfriend who murdered his girlfriend after a row over her three-year-old son's christening has been jailed for life.
Liam King, 26, from Eccles, Salford, admitted stabbing his girlfriend Rebecca Ayres, 24, 11 times at the home they shared on Holt Street on 6 March.
Manchester Crown Court heard he went out drinking after the "ferocious attack", leaving her body at the house.
He was told he would serve a minimum term of 15 years in prison.
Judge David Stockdale told King, who had been in a relationship with Miss Ayres for 18 months: "She had reported to [friends] numerous instances of violence and if those accounts are right, you were a jealous, controlling, abusive and violent man towards her.
'Outburst of violence'
"This was a ferocious, sustained and repeated attack with a knife causing 11 stab wounds and causing Rebecca Ayres' violent and tragic death.
"She lost her life, her son lost his mother, Rebecca Ayres has been lost to her parents and many friends."
King became jealous because Miss Ayres had been in regular contact with her son's father to arrange his christening, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The court heard Miss Ayres had told King if he did not attend her son's christening on 9 March their relationship was over.
But four days before the event, in a "sudden outburst of violence", King attacked the mother at their home.
During a police interview, King admitted he had an argument with Miss Ayres and then stabbed her in her chest and arms as she tried to defend herself.
He later slept at the property and fled when he heard her father at the door. He was arrested the following day.
Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said: "This is another terrible reminder of how important it is that the victims of domestic abuse, or their friends and family if they suspect someone is a victim, should come forward and report it to the police."
Ms Ayres' family described her as their "hard working, ambitious and fun loving princess who lived life to the full".
They said: "She was a doting mum to her three-year-old son who was her life."