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15 January 2016, 12:37 | Updated: 15 January 2016, 13:08
A 22 year old man from Basildon's been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend.
A man who stabbed his girlfriend multiple times in a frenzied attack at the horse sanctuary where she worked has been jailed for 23 years.
Jordan Taylor, 22, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Friday January 15, and was sentenced for murdering Laura Davies.
Laura, 21, was a groom at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society in Pitsea and had worked there for two and a half years which included staying in a flat on site as part of her job involved caring for the animals at night. The court heard that Laura had been dating Taylor since December 2014 and that he had moved into her accommodation at the stables.
The court heard she was killed by Taylor during the evening of Friday, July 3.
Officers were called to the sanctuary in Pitsea Hall Lane at around 8.15pm on the evening of Laura’s murder. A member of the public had contacted police to say he had just seen a woman being stabbed and that he had seen the man standing over her and he was covered in blood. Officers searched the grounds close to the flat and found Taylor, who appeared to be hiding near some bushes and was crouched over Laura. They rushed to the aid of Laura who had been critically injured and Taylor was arrested initially on suspicion of GBH. The 9cm black handled kitchen knife used to attack Laura was found in the undergrowth nearby. Despite the best efforts of the officers, paramedics, the Essex Air ambulance and medical staff at Basildon Hospital, Laura sadly died later that night. Taylor was arrested on suspicion of murder and was subsequently charged with the offence.
Today, Friday January 15, Taylor has been jailed for 23 years for what the judge described as "a horrific and merciless killing.”