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Birmingham man jailed for murdering partner

David Jones
Image caption The attack on Miss Fenton was described by police as "brutal"

A 40-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering his partner in Birmingham.

Julie Ann Fenton's body was discovered with stab wounds in July last year in Norton Crescent.

David Paul Jones, of no fixed abode, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday.

Jones was told he will serve a minimum of 17 years for murdering the 38-year-old in a "brutal attack".

The Crown Prosecution Service said Jones had a history of mistreating woman with whom he had previous relationships.

Det Insp Simon Astle, of West Midlands Police, said he was pleased with the verdict.

He said Miss Fenton had suffered extensive facial injuries before she was stabbed.

He said: "The decision takes a violent offender off the streets.

"Hopefully the sentence will bring some closure to the family, who our thoughts are with at this difficult time."

Madhu Rai, Crown Advocate for Birmingham Crown Prosecution Service, said Jones' relationship with Miss Fenton was one of "violence, pure jealousy and possessiveness".

She added: "We hope that this verdict sends out a clear and simple message to victims of domestic violence - do not suffer in silence."

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