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Last Updated: Monday, 19 September 2005, 19:39 GMT 20:39 UK
Man who shot young mother jailed
Hayley Davenport
Hayley Davenport died from a single gunshot wound to the head
A Wolverhampton drug dealer has been jailed for life for shooting his lover while her children slept upstairs after she attempted to end the relationship.

The body of Hayley Davenport, 23, from All Saints, Wolverhampton, was found by her girls - aged two and three - the morning after her death in May 2004.

She had been shot in the head at her home in Tansley View.

Jarvis Mayfield Johnson, 32, of Bilston must serve at least 25 years after his defence lawyer offered no mitigation.

Ms Davenport's husband was in Jamaica at the time of her death.

Judge Michael Mott said Johnson, who denied murder, had kept a gun at her house to sustain him in his role as a cocaine dealer.

The judge said: "She clearly felt unhappy about it and when things turned sour between you and her, you killed her.

"You were in drink. You were angry and jealous."

He concluded: "There was something particularly brutal and callous about shooting this woman in her own home with her two children asleep upstairs."

In a statement, relatives paid tribute to Ms Davenport.

It read: "Hayley was a loving mother who was trying to do her best for her two beautiful daughters.

"We all miss her terribly. At least now we can all take some small comfort in knowing that the jury saw straight through the lies of the drug dealing monster who murdered her."


SEE ALSO:
Pub raided after mother's murder
11 Aug 04 |  West Midlands
Man released over mother's death
28 May 04 |  West Midlands
Man held after mother of two shot
25 May 04 |  West Midlands
Mother killed by single gun shot
21 May 04 |  West Midlands


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