A series of crime documentaries has revealed the astonishing bravery of a daughter whose evidence ensured her evil stepfather was jailed for life for murdering her mother.
Cheryl Gabriel-Hooper, 51, was shot twice by her ex-husband Andrew Hooper in front of their daughter Georgia when she was just 14 years old.
After subjecting her to years of domestic abuse, Hooper killed Cheryl in January 2018 while she was sitting in his Land Rover Evoque, and Georgia watched him fire the antique gun as she stood in front of the car.
And in footage of Georgia speaking to ITV’s documentary Murder In The Family, Georgia has shared how she faced her mother’s killer fearlessly.
“I was the first witness called at the trial,” he said. “As silly as it sounds, it was a privilege to be able to stand up there and do that for my mom.”
Cheryl Gabriel-Hooper (left), 51, was shot twice with a double-barreled shotgun by her ex-husband Andrew Hooper (right) in front of their 14-year-old daughter Georgia in January 2018.
Cheryl, with her daughter Georgia, who was 14 when she witnessed the shooting.
‘I stood up to him and I wasn’t afraid’: Footage of Georgia speaking to ITV documentary Murder In The Family, Georgia has shared how she faced her mother’s killer without fear
Georgia added: ‘I faced it and I wasn’t afraid. And she had to sit there and watch knowing that she hadn’t broken me.
‘He didn’t get away with killing Mom. That was justice.
After the attack, Hooper fled the scene and shot himself in a failed suicide attempt. He survived with severe facial disfigurement and is unable to speak.
Chilling footage showed the moment Hooper confessed to shooting Cheryl while she was in hospital, pointing to the word “yes” on a board with a trembling finger when asked in a police interview if he was responsible for his wife’s death. .
He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 31 years in 2019. Since then, he has attempted to appeal his conviction twice, but both times were dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
The first episode of Murder In The Family, covering Cheryl’s murder, aired on ITV1 last night and all three episodes are now available on ITVX.
The documentary also reveals the moment police arrived on the scene and spoke to a traumatized 14-year-old Georgia after she saw her stepfather murder her mother.
Body camera footage shows Georgia, standing in the living room, immediately telling a police officer: “She’s dead.”
Giving her account to the officer while on the verge of tears, the teenager said: ‘He pulled up in the silver Land Rover behind the car so my mum couldn’t go anywhere.
“He went over to the driver’s window and he had the gun and he was banging the barrel against the glass.”
When Georgia’s voice faltered, she said, ‘I didn’t want to go to that.’
Andrew Hooper, who was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering his wife Cheryl Hooper and sentenced to life in prison in June 2019
The officer reassured her by saying, ‘Georgia, I know this is hard.’
She continued: ‘I was banging the gun against the car. I thought it was a shovel or something, I thought he was going to hit her with something.
‘I jumped out of the car, trying to unlock my phone, couldn’t unlock my phone. Trying to get the police to come right away.
“He hit the glass, the glass shattered, and then he raised the gun correctly and shot him.”
Georgia’s voice cracked as she blurted out, ‘I can’t get it out of my head.’
She then pulled her cardigan up over her face as her head collapsed between her legs.
The documentary also reveals the moment police arrived on the scene and spoke to a traumatized 14-year-old Georgia (pictured) after she saw her stepfather murder her mother.
Giving her account to the officer while on the verge of tears, the teenager said: ‘He pulled up in the silver Land Rover behind the car so my mum couldn’t go anywhere. She went over to the driver’s window and she had the gun and she was banging the barrel against the glass.
Georgia’s voice cracked as she blurted out, ‘I can’t get it out of my head.’ She then pulled the cardigan up over her face as her head collapsed between her legs.
Hooper, had already been convicted of previous domestic abuse crimes before he met his mother. But Cheryl never knew this when she started the relationship.
Georgia spoke to MailOnline in December 2020 and said: “I wish there had been a record of domestic abuse when my mum was alive.”
“My stepfather had a history of domestic abuse before he even met my mother, so if there had been a record, it could have prevented her from entering into a relationship with him.
“A registry would save lives because it would potentially prevent someone from entering into a relationship with an abusive partner,” Georgia added at the time. “Many abusers become serial abusers and attack every woman they date. It’s rarely an isolated incident, so we need that record to keep women safe.
‘Something needs to be done. We have a sex offender registry, so why don’t we have a domestic abuse registry?’
Cheryl, who had been abused by the ‘cowardly’ farmer for seven years, moved out of their shared home at Guild of Monks Farm, near Newport, Shropshire, in December 2017 and moved into another house with Georgia in town.
She was assassinated six weeks later, on January 26, 2018.
Georgia and her mother had just parked in the driveway of their new home when Hooper, who had earlier confronted Cheryl in a pub after planting a tracking device in her car, pulled up behind them in his truck.
“My mom was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s here,'” Georgia previously said.
Knowing instinctively that something didn’t feel right, the 14-year-old schoolgirl got out of the car.
“But when I got to the front of the car, he shot through the car window to break it and then he shot Mom again,” she said.
‘I tried to find a pulse or get a reaction from her, but there was nothing.
‘I never thought I was going to kill her. I never thought that she would take it this far.
Footage of police interviewing Andrew Hooper at the hospital was shown in the documentary.
Speaking to the documentarians, Georgia revealed Hooper’s abuse of her mother Cheryl, known as ‘Jack’ to her friends, saying: ‘I grew up thinking that domestic abuse is beatings and violence, physical violence.
“So with Jack, I really didn’t feel for a long time that there was a clear problem with his behavior. He wouldn’t have been able to say “this is wrong, this is domestic abuse.”
“My mother wasn’t fully aware of what was going on because when you’re inside you can’t see it. Her main goal was to make her feel completely useless: it was power and control.
“Jack was incredibly abusive in so many ways: financially, emotionally, and mentally, to the point where he thought he had the right to kill her.