Devon

Man pushed girlfriend to her death at Devon car park

Shaun Foley
Image caption Foley told Exeter Crown Court Theresa Parkin jumped to her death

A barman who pushed his girlfriend off the top floor of a multi-storey car park has been convicted of her manslaughter.

Shaun Foley, 45, claimed Theresa Parkin jumped to her death from the Rock Walk Car Park in Torquay in June 2010.

But CCTV footage showed them arguing moments before she fell the 50ft.

Det Insp Mike West said Foley's attempts to absolve himself of blame put a "terrible strain on her family". Foley will be sentenced on Monday.

Paul Fitton QC, prosecuting, said: "In police interviews he claimed that Theresa Parkin had quite deliberately thrown herself off the roof of the car park right in front of him.

"He said there had been no argument or tensions between them but the CCTV shows he became angry, aggressive and violent towards her."

'Beautiful daughter'

The court was told the last image of Miss Parkin showed her backing away from Foley towards the railings. She then disappears from view and he can he seen reeling backwards with his arms raised.

Foley, a barman, then ran into a nearby pub telling customers he had seen her run to the edge and jump over.

Mr West said his actions meant "a 29-year-old mother's life was cut tragically short in truly shocking circumstances".

Foley, who lived close to Rock Road, Torquay, had denied murder but was convicted of manslaughter by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

In a statement Miss Parkin's family said: "Theresa was our beautiful daughter; she was also a loving sister and a proud mother."

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