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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbrian woman speaks out about killing of her mother

A daughter who saw her mother killed in the street has spoken for the first time about her heartache.

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Tragic: Claire Marshall was stabbed 41 times

Claire Marshall died after she was stabbed by her former partner, Ben Cooper, on January 24 2009.

Cooper knifed 35-year-old Miss Marshall 41 times leaving her for dead in her Newton Street home, in Millom, as two of her daughters looked on.

He was jailed indefinitely in a secure hospital after he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of Miss Marshall’s funeral and now her daughter Roann Jones has spoken of the impact of the attack on the family.

She said: “I feel as if mum should be remembered not for the tragic way her life ended but how her family loved her and how she was as a person.”

Roann is taking a part-time course in child psychology. The teenager, who was praised for her strength of character by police following her mother’s death, hopes to become a child therapist.

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