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Man who stabbed teenage daughter jailed for 20 years


A TV film crew was shadowing the police when Gary Fisher's car was stopped with the help of a "stinger" device, and filmed his arrest.

A father who stabbed his daughter to death then drove her body around for 10 hours has been jailed for life.

Gary Fisher, 48, was found guilty earlier this month of murdering 17-year-old Chanelle Sasha Jones in a pub car park in Cardigan, Ceredigion.

Fisher had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, claiming her death last August was as part of a suicide pact.

The judge, Mr Justice Lloyd Jones, told Fisher, from Solihull, West Midlands, that he must serve at least 20 years.

The judge, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, told Fisher: "You have been convicted of the murder of your daughter.

"This is the most appalling waste of a young life.

"A pointless death which will leave a permanent shadow on the lives of her family and friends and the effects and knowledge of what you have done should shame you for the rest of your life."

Fisher stood nodding his head and, as he was taken away, he said "Thank you."

Chanelle Sasha Jones
Chanelle Sasha Jones was found with 22 injuries in her father's car

Stinger device

Turning to the teenager's family, the judge said: "They have had a great deal to bear.

"Their burden has been made more painful because of the false accusations made by the defendant."

Earlier the judge had heard that Fisher had a violent past which went back to the age of 17.

It included a knife attack, a hammer attack and the killing of a cat and the removal of its head to intimidate a female victim.

Chanelle, also known as Sasha, was killed in the car park of the Angel Hotel, Cardigan, last August.

Fisher claimed that his daughter had wanted to die followed an alleged rape in 2006.

The trial heard that after the stabbing, Fisher covered Chanelle's body with a sleeping bag and reclined her seat in his silver Ford Fiesta car.

He then travelled for hours with her in the car and drove past her home, where he was seen by her mother, his former partner Jayne Jones.

Relationship broke down

The court heard Fisher failed to stop for police when his car was spotted near Aberaeron, Ceredigion, causing officers to deploy a stinger device.

The trial jury took one hour to find him guilty of murder.

The jury was told Fisher had argued with his daughter earlier in the summer because she wanted to be with her boyfriend instead of her father.

The court also heard that he had also given his 15-year-old son a hunting knife and a lock knife to look after on a visit to see his three children.

Fisher and Chanelle Sasha's mother, Jayne Jones, met in the West Midlands in 1991, and had three children before splitting up.

The family moved to Cardigan but Fisher returned to Birmingham after the relationship broke down.

He made contact with the children five years ago after befriending their grandmother, the jury was told.

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