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Pc murdered pregnant girlfriend
Gary Walker
Walker resigned from the force when the case came to court
A policeman who killed his partner in a "savage" attack on the day she was due to have an abortion, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Gary Walker, 40, was found guilty of murdering 36-year-old Audra Bancroft in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, while he was a serving officer in Bristol.

Stafford Crown Court heard how Walker beat and throttled the mother-of-three at their home on 8 December.

The judge said the former constable should spend at least 13 years in jail.

Sentencing Walker, Judge Richard Tucker said: "I have no doubt that you savagely attacked her.

Self defence claim

"You caused injury to her brain as a result of that assault during which you grabbed her by the throat for a significant time.

"You not only killed her at a young age, but you have deprived her children of their mother and her parents of their daughter."

Audra Bancroft
Audra Bancroft had three children
Walker, who started an affair with Mrs Bancroft in 2000, attacked her in the street and then again at the home they shared in Shipley Close, Branston, Burton.

Rachel Brand QC, prosecuting, said Mrs Bancroft was four or five months pregnant when she died at Queen's Hospital in Burton, where she was taken in an ambulance ordered by the defendant.

He told the court Mrs Bancroft attacked him with a potato peeler and he was forced to defend himself.

Walker, who used to work for Staffordshire Police, resigned from Avon and Somerset Police when the case first came to court.

Counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception and of making false declarations were all ordered to lie on the file.

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