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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 18:18 GMT 19:18 UK
Nurse was 'keen to be a mother'
Cheryl Moss
Cheryl Moss had worked at the hospital for 10 years
A nurse who was killed when a teenager stabbed her 72 times in a "brutal" attack was "keen to become a mother", her husband has said.

Cheryl Moss, 33, was ambushed by Stuart Harling, 19, as she took a break near woods behind St George's Hospital in Hornchurch, east London, in April 2006.

Peter Moss, 42, said his "bubbly and sociable" wife, who looked after elderly people, was his "diamond".

After the verdict Mr Moss said Harling must get "life for a life".

Harling, from Rainham, admitted the killing but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility during his trial at the Old Bailey.

He will be sentenced on Friday.

We just wanted to be happy together, to grow old together. I always will love her - until the day I die
Peter Moss

The couple, who met in a nightclub, married in June 2003 and held their wedding reception at the club in the hospital where Mrs Moss had been working for the past 10 years.

Mr Moss, of Dagenham, east London, said his wife "loved" the hospital.

"Cheryl never asked for anything, all she ever did was care for other people. I was so proud to be her husband and I always will be.

"My life will be empty without her," he said.

Stuart Harling
Stuart Harling fantasised about killing, the court heard

Mr Moss, a former postman, added they were looking forward to buying a house and becoming parents.

He said: "We just wanted to be happy together, to grow old together. I always will love her - until the day I die.

"Cheryl was keen to have children and we were looking into it. It was something she wanted all her life - to become a mother.

"She used to call me her rock and I would call her my diamond. She brought the sparkle back into my life," he added.

Chris Ewart, 39, the victim's brother, said: "She was easy going, she got on with people, she didn't deserve this."

The couple were passionate about Tottenham Hotspur and regularly made time to go to the games.

Following the verdict, reading a statement on behalf of the family, Mr Moss said they will "never truly recover".

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