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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-07-10

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Mark Mahoney sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Vikki Hull in Speke

MERSEYSIDE Police is welcoming the sentence of Mark Mahoney to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 16 years, for the murder of Vikki Hull, Speke, back in April 2017.  At 3.10am on Sunday, 9 April 2017, the North West Ambulance Service informed Merseyside Police of a concern for safety for 29 year old, Vikki Hull, who had been found at a house in Heaton Close, Speke. Vikki was taken to hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 4.14am. A post mortem later revealed that Vikki died of strangulation. Later the same day, detectives located 31 year old Mark Mahoney and arrested him on suspicion of murder. Mahoney was charged and remanded into custody. He pleaded guilty and was convicted of the offence on Monday, 2 October 2017, as the trial was due to begin.

Detective Inspector Jacky Fitzpatrick, the Senior Investigating Officer, said:- "This was a tragic incident, in which a young mother has had her life taken away by a violent man, a man who has only chosen to admit his guilt at the last possible moment, dragging out the suffering of Vikki's family and friends in the process. I would like to thank Vikki's family for their bravery and courage during this ordeal and also the professionalism of the Officers involved in this investigation. The sentence Mahoney was given today is a reflection of the seriousness of the offence. Although nothing can bring Vikki back we hope it will give her family some kind of closure, and ensure that Mahoney will be off the streets for a significant length of time. I want to reassure members of the public that Merseyside Police is committed to tackling domestic abuse in all its forms and we have dedicated and specially trained Officers who respond to incidents of domestic abuse, investigate incidents and provide support to those in need."

For more information about how to report domestic violence or to seek specialist support call the confidential 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on:- 0808 2000 247. This helpline is free and run in partnership by Refuge and Women's Aid.  People can also call Merseyside Police on:- 101 or if they are in immediate danger call:- 999.


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