evilThe mother of a travel agent who was brutally murdered by her girlfriend’s ex-partner called the killer the “most evil horrific monster” on Earth as she bravely faced him in court.
Tracy Hayes’ daughter Cassie, a 28-year-old mum-of-one, had her throat slashed in a premeditated and planned attack at the Tui shop where she worked, a court heard.
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Her killer Andrew Burke, 31, had blamed Ms Hayes for the end of his relationship with her partner, Laura Williams, and had warned that he would slit her throat the day before the attack.
The victim’s mother lashed out at him after he admitted murder on Monday, telling him “you do not deserve to breathe fresh air again”, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Mrs Hayes told how the killer walked behind Ms Hayes “like you were giving her a cuddle” and then “ended” her life and watched her die.
It was “essentially an execution” when Burke attacked defenceless Ms Hayes in front of horrified witnesses, including children aged nine and 12, at the shop in Southport, Merseyside on January 13.
Burke had apologised to witnesses as he grabbed Ms Hayes, lifted her head and ran a knife across her throat, and then made comments to the effect of ‘she had it coming’.
He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 26 years after pleading guilty to murder and possession of an offensive weapon at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday morning.
Mrs Hayes was comforted by her daughter Nadine as she read a victim impact in court, while Burke remained impassive.
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The devastated mother said: “On January 13, our lives changed forever. You took the most precious gift I ever had in my life, my beautiful daughter, my baby in the most horrific away.
“You are the most evil horrific monster walking on this earth. You do not deserve to breathe fresh air again. You predicted every detail of that day.”
“You walked into her shop and told someone what you were about to do.
“You went behind my baby, and made out like you were giving her a cuddle, showing everyone that nothing was wrong. Then you ended my baby’s life.
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“You took a deep breath, and showed no remorse whatsoever. You watched my baby die, in that lady’s arms.
“You are a sick disturbed man, and you should spend the rest of your life behind bars.
“She was my whole world, my everything, my best friend. I have got to live the rest of my life without her.
“I hope you rot in hell, you evil coward of a man, you fat, fat, evil coward.”
Mrs Hayes’ family broke into a short round of applause as she left the witness stand.
Later, someone from the public gallery shouted “rot behind your door, you scumbag” as Burke was led away to the cells.