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Rebecca Dormer jailed for life for Gareth Matthews murder

Rebecca Dormer and Gareth Matthews
Image caption Rebecca Dormer stabbed her boyfriend Gareth Matthews at their Whitby home

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend through the heart during an argument has been jailed for life.

Rebecca Dormer, 23, of Spring Hill, Whitby, was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of the murder of Gareth Matthews.

Mr Matthews, who was 32, was stabbed during what North Yorkshire Police said was a "domestic argument" at the couple's house in Whitby on 23:25 GMT on 22 February.

Dormer was sentenced to life, to serve a minimum term of 15 and a half years.

'Fit of anger'

Det Ch Insp Keith Ruff said: "They had been in a relationship for a number of years and it is clear from the investigation that it could become volatile, with alcohol frequently being a factor.

"It was under these circumstances that led Dormer to pick up the knife that night.

"In a fit of anger she deliberately plunged the knife into Gareth's chest, which killed him."

North Yorkshire Police said the knife went through his heart and liver, leading to "fatal loss of blood".

Mr Matthews' father John Matthews said his son's death "shattered" their lives.

"Not only have we have lost a son, brother and an uncle, we have also lost a best friend who loved each member of his family," he said.

"We would like to thank North Yorkshire Police, in particular the two officers who tried to revive Gareth, along with the paramedics."

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