Lancashire

Woman jailed for boyfriend murder in Morecambe caravan park

Terri-Marie Palmer Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Palmer will serve a minimum of 12 years before she is eligible for parole

A woman has been jailed for life for murdering her boyfriend at a caravan park in Morecambe.

Police discovered 23-year-old Damon Searson with a fatal stab wound to his chest at Stud Farm Park in August. He was taken to hospital but later died.

His girlfriend Terri-Marie Palmer, 23, of Warton Avenue, Heysham was found guilty following a week-long trial at Preston Crown Court.

Palmer must serve a minimum of 12 years before she is eligible for parole.

Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Damon Searson was found with a chest wound at a caravan in Morecambe

The court heard Palmer had alerted the emergency services saying Mr Searson had stabbed himself in the chest after they had been play-fighting with a knife and she had accidentally knocked the knife into him.

He was found on the floor near to the door inside the caravan with a duvet over him and Palmer was sitting on the floor near to him.

A blood-stained knife was found on the sofa behind Mr Searson, police said.

Paramedics took Mr Searson to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Det Insp Nina Foley said it was "a tragic case".

"Palmer had attacked Damon Searson following an argument that night, giving different accounts to the ambulance service and attending police officers.

"She went on to give further different versions during interview and her trial this week and will have to live with the knowledge that she was the one responsible."

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