Man pleads guilty to murdering partner at her West Bromwich home
A man who murdered his partner, left her body in the bath and fled the West Midlands has pleaded guilty to her murder.
Today (25 October), Michael Foran pleaded guilty to the murder of June Jones during a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Co-defendant Keith O’Dwyer also pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.
June, aged 33 and known as Katie, was reported missing by her family on Boxing Day last year after they’d not seen or heard from her and were concerned.
Police enquiries were carried out and officers discovered Katie’s body at her home in Wyndmill Crescent, West Bromwich on 31 December. Katie had been strangled and stabbed multiple times and her body was found in the bath. Enquiries, including examination of CCTV, revealed that she was killed on 10 December.
Following the discovery of Katie’s body, Foran fled the area and travelled to Liverpool.
Foran and O'Dwyer are seen leaving O'Dwyer's flat before going to Liverpool in O'Dwyer's Range Rover
Detectives launched a manhunt and Foran was found begging in Liverpool city centre on 5 January. He was arrested and brought back to the West Midlands and subsequently charged with Katie’s murder.
The 33-year-old, from High Street, Cradley Heath, was sentenced to life in prison to serve a minimum of 17 years before being eligible to apply for parole.
Keith O’Dwyer, aged 35 from Beaconview Road, West Bromwich, drove Foran to Liverpool and pleaded guilty to assisting an offender. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Katie’s family released the following statement: “Today, justice has been done for our beloved Katie. Finally, Michael Foran faced up to the gravity of the overwhelming evidence against him, forcing him to plead guilty to Katie’s murder.
“We as a family know that the guilty plea will never bring Katie back to us or justify the long term suffering he inflicted upon her and subsequently us. We will always miss Katie and will know she will be forever in our hearts.
“We now as a family hope to move on now justice has been done and Katie can finally rest in peace."
Detective Inspector Nick Barnes, from the force’s homicide team, said: “Katie was murdered in the most horrific circumstances. The level of violence used by Foran was despicable.
“Knowing what he’d done, he left Katie in her flat and carried on with his life. When he realised police had discovered Katie’s body, he fled in an effort to evade capture. He clearly didn’t want to take responsibility for his actions and thought he could get away from police.
“I hope his acknowledgement of guilt offers some comfort to Katie’s family, who have been extremely brave throughout this traumatic time.
“My thoughts remain with them as they come to terms with their loss."