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Man jailed for murder of ex-girlfriend

Carrie Izzard
Carrie Izzard

A "manipulative and controlling" man has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 22 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, who had ended their relationship after he had cheated on her.

Gerald Palmer, 50, of Battle, East Sussex, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court for the murder of Carrie Izzard, 47, who he had stabbed 29 times at her home in Herstmonceux in March.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Palmer, upset by his break-up with Carrie, had left Wylands Angling Centre in Powdermill Lane, Battle, where he owned a shop, and drove to Carrie's home in West End, Herstmonceux.

"When she answered the door, he attacked her in the hallway with a knife, stabbing her 29 times.

"Leaving her to die from her injuries, he cleaned himself up and, leaving the knife in the bathroom sink, took Carrie's shop takings and her house key before returning to the angling centre."

Police later found Ms Izzard's body after her mother became concerned for her well-being.

After they began searching for Palmer, they found him with self-inflicted wounds to his neck and abdomen.

Detective Superintendent Jason Taylor said: "Palmer has been exposed as a man who wheedled his way into Carrie's life at a time when she was most vulnerable and then sought to control her. Palmer was a manipulative man who gave little but took a lot.

Gerald Palmer

"When Carrie finally broke free he could not accept it, and when his initial attempts to win her back were unsuccessful, he became spiteful and bitter, tragically ending her life in a violent and cruel way."

Carrie's family said in a statement released through police: "The loss of Carrie was and still is a devastating shock and in such violent, unloving and cruel circumstances is something which we will never recover from.

"The realisation of losing her hits us in waves and we are still finding it hard to deal with our loss. We will never again be able to share the joys of life, see her bright smile, hear her laugh, sing, or banter with her in humour which we shared.

"Following her death, we were denied being able to see her to say goodbye.

"We will never get over the loss of Carrie in such tragic circumstances and we are overwhelmed by the way that our own lives have changed and the future will no longer be as planned.

"The full reality of what has happened has not fully hit us yet and when we think of how Carrie spent her last minutes we feel immense hurt and sadness that they were not spent hearing kind loving words and actions but that of fear, disbelief and pain."