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Devon car park killer Shaun Foley given eight years

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

A man who pushed his girlfriend 50ft (15m) to her death from the top of a car park has been jailed for eight years.

Barman Shaun Foley, 45, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

Foley, of Rock Road in Torquay, Devon, said chambermaid Teresa Parkin, 29, had thrown herself off a car park in the resort in June 2010.

But he was caught on camera arguing with her moments before she fell.

'Appallingly dangerous'

The court heard that Foley tried to cover up his killing by rushing into a nearby pub and telling customers he had seen her run to the edge and jump over.

But a witness overheard Foley threatening to kill her minutes before the attack.

The court was told that CCTV also showed her trying to walk away from him after he cornered her in the car park.

He is seen knocking her to the floor before chasing her again as she tried to flee from the top storey to a nearby street.

The last image of her alive shows her backing away from him towards the railings.

She disappears from view and he can be seen reeling backwards with his arms raised.

Judge Graham Cottle said: "It was an intentional and deliberate act to put her over the railings and an appallingly dangerous act that led directly to her death."

Martin Meeke, QC, defending, said: "It was clearly not a planned attack. He protested his love for her and the verdict that he killed her will haunt him for the rest of his life."

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