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Clarke Dean jailed for life for Michelle Giles murder in Solihull

Clarke Dean Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Clarke Dean was jailed for a minimum of 15 years

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his partner after finding out she wanted to end their relationship.

Clarke Dean, 47, stabbed Michelle Giles to death at their flat on Anchor Lane in Solihull on 8 August last year.

During a trial at Warwick Crown Court, Dean admitted he had killed the 43-year-old but said he did not remember it because of his alcohol dependency.

The jury rejected his defence of diminished responsibility and found him guilty of murder.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

'Caring and loving'

Officers from West Midlands Police found a blood-stained knife in the kitchen sink at the flat the couple shared, the force said.

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Image caption Michelle Giles was described by her daughter as "bubbly"

The couple had been together for more than 20 years.

Det Sgt Michael Griffiths said: "This tragic crime has robbed a woman of her life, a child of her mother and parents of a loving daughter.

"Dean claimed to love Michelle but had he truly felt for her he would not and could not have harmed her let alone kill her."

In a statement, Ms Giles's 16-year-old daughter said: "My wonderful mother was caring and loving, young and bubbly only to have her life cut short.

"For the rest of my life I am going to have to live in a world without my mom."

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