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1 September 2017, 13:16
A man, who killed his partner in Bournemouth by hitting her over the head with a TV, has been handed a life sentence.
58-year-old Christopher Wall, from Shelborne Road in Charminster, murdered Hayley Wall - who was also his niece - last December.
He'll serve at least 14 years behind bars. He was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court after being found guilty following a trial.
At around 10.30pm on Tuesday 13 December 2016 Dorset Police received a report from the South Western Ambulance Service that a woman had been found with head injuries outside the Charminster Supermarket in Charminster Road.
She was taken to Poole Hospital before her condition deteriorated and she was transferred to Southampton Hospital with a serious brain injury.
Prior to slipping into unconsciousness, she was able to tell paramedics her name was Hayley Wall and she lived in Shelbourne Road.
One of the paramedics who attended also said Hayley had told her: "My partner smashed a TV over the top of my head."
Officers attended the address in Shelbourne Road and found signs of a disturbance including a number of blood stains and a damaged flat screen television.
Christopher Wall was asleep in the bed and had what appeared to be stab or puncture wounds in his back as well as a cut to his hand.
An ambulance was called and he was treated for his injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and, after being treated in hospital, was taken into custody.
Hayley died as a result of her injuries in hospital in the early hours of Thursday 22 December 2016.
The jury heard that, while Christopher and Hayley Wall were uncle and niece, they were living together as partners.
A lodger who lived with Christopher and Hayley told police that on the evening of Tuesday 13 December 2016 he had heard shouting coming from upstairs and Hayley later appeared at his door with her head covered in blood before leaving the house.
She was later found outside the Charminster Supermarket by a group of three students, who contacted the ambulance service and stayed with Hayley until paramedics arrived.
Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said:
"Christopher Wall subjected Hayley Wall to a violent assault that left her with devastating injuries that, sadly, she was unable to survive.
"I can only hope that the sentence imposed today will be of some comfort to Hayley's family, who will continue to be supported by specially-trained officers at this difficult time."
Hayley's family said in a statement:
"Hayley had a bad start in life and things were only just beginning to go her way when she was taken from us.
"As a family we were unaware of Hayley's relationship with Chris and would have done all we could to get her away from him had we known.
"We will always wonder if there was something we could have done to prevent this and we will always carry that guilt.
"As a family we will be forever grateful to the three students who cared for Hayley outside of the supermarket. To know they were there gives us great comfort.
"We feel today justice has been served but it will never bring back Hayley, she will always be in our hearts - J4H."
('J4H' in the family statement stands for 'Justice for Hayley'.)