A year after stabbing his ex-wife to death and almost decapitating her, 51-year-old Owen Williams of Brownsover, Rugby, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life in prison, reports the Coventry Telepath.
On August 14, 2014, Williams, who worked as a chef at a restaurant, made several phone calls to his 34-year-old ex-wife Shana Cover – who was originally from Jamaica – before appearing at her home. It was reported that he attacked her with a kitchen knife, similar to the one used at his job, and stabbed her to death, almost separating her head from her body.
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“Her attacker had almost completely severed her head from her body, which was found a week later on August 21,” said prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith.
“People had been trying to get in touch with her, without success, which led to people going to her home and forcing entry.”
After stabbing to death his ex-wife, he placed her body against the couch – where she was found a week later – and took a shower. An investigation was launched after the discovery of her body, and Rugby police discovered a shoe print in blood that matched Williams’ shoes.
“The boots he was wearing were also taken, and were found to have the blood of Shana Cover on them; and in due course his fingerprints and his footprints were found in the flat. A knife was found in his garage, a knife which had the blood of Shana Cover on it. Shana Cover was murdered in her own home.”
“This was a vicious and brutal attack. It is clear that Williams is an extremely controlling and dangerous individual and we welcome today’s sentence,” said Detective James Essex. “Our thoughts today are with Shana’s family and friends; nobody should have to lose a loved one in such a way.”
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In court, the judge told Williams, “The context for this terrible crime was, in my judgement, an obsessive desire to exercise control over your estranged partner.”
“You had a misplaced sense that you were entitled to interfere in and control her social life. You were determined to monitor what she was doing.
“On the face of it you had an equitable temperament which belied angry and obsessive feelings. The fact that you had helped her, you believed entitled you to control her.”
After Shana’s mother, Yvonne Rose, heard the life sentence, in a statement she said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the judge, barristers and jury for their role in bringing the accused to justice.”
“I know you have heard many variations of the truth and you have had the very difficult job of deciphering the facts from the fiction.
“I would also like to thank the police, the victim support service and everyone who works behind the scenes as this result would not have been possible without you.”
Owen Williams was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of his ex-wife.
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