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Husband gets life for wife murder

Kevin Powell
Powell was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years in jail

A man has been jailed for life after he admitted stabbing his wife to death at their family home in Dorset.

Danielle Powell, 29, of Goathorn Close, Hamworthy, Poole, was found in the flat by armed officers on 12 April.

Her husband, Kevin Powell, 38, admitted murder at Winchester Crown Court on Monday and was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years in jail.

An inquest revealed Mrs Powell, who had three young daughters, died from multiple stab wounds.

She was a full-time student at an agricultural college in Dorchester and was studying for a degree in animal behaviour and welfare.

At the time of her death her children paid tribute to their mother saying they "will never stop loving her".

One of them wrote: "I am so sorry for what happened.

"I hope you are happy up in heaven watching over us with Simba the cat at your side.

"Don't worry about the three of us because we are being well looked after.

"Do you remember my last words to you? 'Night mum, I love you.' And I always will."




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