Peter Edward Yorke jailed for Christmas Eve murder
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a woman whose body was found at her home in a County Durham village on Christmas Eve.
Mother of two and grandmother of three Lesley Caile, 48, from North View, Hunwick, near Crook, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Peter Edward Yorke, 46, from North View, pleaded guilty to murder at Newcastle Crown Court.
He received a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 15 years.
Ms Caile was employed by Durham County Council's children's and young people's services department.
Det Ch Insp Neil Edgar said: "Lesley was a professional lady who was a much respected member of her local community who is very much missed by all who knew her.
"I hope that the sentence given by the Judge today provides the time for Peter to reflect on the damage and hurt he has caused."