24th Oct, 2016

Evesham man jailed for 'brutal' murder of his partner

Evesham Editorial 30th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN EVESHAM man has been jailed for 16-and-a-half-years for the ‘brutal’ murder of his partner.

Mark Pearce, 51, of Bewdley Street, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court today (Friday) for the murder of Julie Hitch at the flat they shared.

Court heard how on April 15, 53-year-old Ms. Hitch was stabbed once by Pearce and was declared dead at the scene by emergency services.

Pearce was arrested by the police at the scene and later charged with her murder. He pleaded guilty to murder on Friday, September 23 2016.

Detective Inspector James Bayliss from West Mercia Police said: “Following an argument during the early hours of the morning, Mark Pearce launched a brutal attack on his partner. This was an incident of domestic violence of the highest severity which sadly had tragic consequences for Ms.Hitch.

“The defendant has pleaded guilty to a truly horrendous crime and our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms.Hitch.”