Shropshire

Nigel Woolley jailed for Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride murder

Nigel Wolley Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Nigel Wolley was convicted of murder and will serve at least 17 years

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 17 years for murdering his partner at the unit where she helped run a travel scheme for disabled people.

Julie Mercer, from Shrewsbury, was discovered by a colleague at the town's Dial-A-Ride base on Christmas Eve 2014, police said.

The 47-year-old had been attacked the night before suffering injuries which included a lacerated pancreas.

Nigel Wolley, also from Shrewsbury, was convicted at Worcester Crown Court.

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The 46-year-old from Buttington Road, had already pleaded guilty to manslaughter but the jury found him guilty of murder.

Mrs Mercer lived on the same road as Woolley and worked at the Dial-a-Ride scheme as an administrator.

Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson, of West Mercia Police, said: "Woolley subjected Julie to a vicious and violent attack that left her with horrendous injuries.

"Our thoughts today are with her family and friends. She died needlessly at the hands of a dangerous and violent man."

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