Adam Singer jailed for killing Sally Harrison with rolling pin

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Image caption Adam Singer wanted custody of the couple's 21-month-old daughter Isabella, police said

A man who bludgeoned his former girlfriend to death with a rolling pin has been sentenced to life.

Adam Singer, of Glendale Crescent, Salisbury, who murdered Sally Harrison at their Plymouth home in April 2012, will serve at least 18 years.

Bristol Crown Court heard the 30-year-old committed the "premeditated and brutal" killing because he feared losing custody of their daughter.

Police said after: "Justice has finally been done for Sally and her family."

'Callous and selfish'

The court heard Singer plotted the killing because he feared losing custody of 21-month-old Isabella.

Singer smuggled the rolling pin out of a naval base's kitchen where he worked.

He told police he discovered Miss Harrison's body when he arrived home in the early hours, but the prosecution said she had been battered on the previous evening.

Following sentencing, Det Insp Costas Nassaris said: "This was a particularly brutal murder of a young mother in her own home whilst her daughter was also in the house.

"Singer claimed he would do anything for his daughter but his only real thought was for himself.

"His callous and selfish act has resulted in his daughter's mother being murdered and her father being imprisoned for life."

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