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Jane Lee

  Jane Lee (30 Nov 2007)

Jane Lee (51) was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Robert Lee (51). Lee had been released on bail for an earlier strangulation attack on Mrs Lee. Robert Lee has been sentenced to Life imprisonment, with a minimum of 19 years. Lee had a history of being violent towards previous partners, and serious questions should be raised as to why the legal system would release such a violent man after the earlier attack.

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Monika Szmecht

Monika Szmecht (21)  Monika Szmecht (11 June 2007)

21 year old waitress Monika Szmecht was stabbed, set alight, and stabbed again by jealous ex-boyfriend Anthony Clarke (27). Before succumbing to her fatal injuries, Ms Szmecht managed to crawl 150 yards to a nearby cottage and name her attacker. Two other men were involved in Ms Szmecht’s kidnap and murder, both pled to lesser charges as the trial began. Clarke’s best friend, Philip Savin (29), helped to abduct Ms Szmecht, and along with Clarke’s uncle, David Clarke (46), both obstructed the murder investigation and disposed of evidence, both receiving very light sentences for their involvement (particularly Savin, who was on the run for a £26,000 theft from a lorry. Anthony Clarke has been jailed for a minimum 25 years. Clarke’s jealousy was completely unfounded.

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Tracey Grinhaff

Tracey Grinhaff (42)  Tracey Grinhaff (02 May 2008 )

Mother of two daughters (ages 14 and 4) Tracey Grinhaff (42) was murdered by her husband, Gary Grinhaff who died shortly afterwards of self-inflicted injuries. Mrs Grinhaff was in the process of separating from her husband.

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Alison Lumsden

Alison Lumsden (53)  Alison Lumsden (16 Mar 2005)

Alison Lumsden (53) was stabbed over 30 times in her home by her husband, Christopher Lumsden (52).  Only five days before she was murdered, she told Lumsden she wished to end the marriage. Lumsden denied murder, but pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years. He is now out of jail, serving half the sentence including time spent awaiting trial. Lumsden was a managing partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, but has since been disbarred. Alison Lumsden leaves behind two children, Thomas (20) and Kate (17).

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Ryan Hawkins

Ryan Hawkins (4)  Ryan Hawkins (Sep 2007)

Ryan Hawkins (4) was stabbed to death by his father, Christopher Hawkins (47). The fatal stabbing of Ryan, and attempted murder of his elder sister, Donna (14), was committed on the 17th wedding anniversary of his marriage to estranged-wife, Valerie Gee. Ms Gee had left the marriage in May of 2007. The revenge attack was pre-meditated, planned to occur on Ryan’s birthday. Hawkins was sentenced to 21 years.

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Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan, sister Mia, and mother
Liam Hogan (6, died 15 Aug 2006) pictured with his sister Mia (then 2) who survived, and their mother Natasha

After an argument with his wife Natasha Hogan, John Hogan (33) took his two children onto the balcony of the holiday hotel in Crete, then pushed them off before jumping himself. Liam (6) died from head injuries as a result of the fall. Mia (then 2) survived with broken bones, as did John Hogan.

Hogan was put on trial in Crete and cleared of murder in January 2008, and is set to return to the UK soon. His ex-wife Natasha, now remarried and known as Mrs Visser, has called the preceedings in Crete a miscarriage of justice. At the UK inquest into Liam’s death, several witnesses have testified to the events of that evening, recalling that Hogan pushed the two children off the balcony, then leapt himself.

In a disturbing report, the psychiatrist treating John Hogan said his ex-wife (Natasha Visser) should be thinking about her own part in the story instead of blaming him. This is a most outrageous and unjust bit of woman-blaming.

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