Murderer of Leah Whittle sentenced

The son of a murdered 42-year-old woman has been found guilty of her killing today – following a detailed investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team.

A 17-year-old man, Kieren George Smith, stabbed his mother, Leah Whittle, at her home address along Benville Road in Weymouth on Saturday 21 July 2012.

He was found guilty of murder at Winchester Crown Court on Monday 10 December 2012 and was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment at the same court on Tuesday 11 December 2012.

The jury arrived at their verdict following an eight-day trial.

Following the conviction, Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This case involved a particularly horrific and sustained attack on a woman who was unable to defend herself.

“The jury has reached the correct verdict and in due course Kieren Smith will be sentenced as appropriate.

“This is a very tragic case where a young man, through his own violent actions, has killed his mother.

“He now has to face the consequences of these actions as well as to live with the loss of his mother.

“Our sympathy is with Leah Whittle’s family and friends who are still coming to terms with their loss.”

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