A jealous villain who stabbed his former partner to death in her house while their three children were in the house is sentenced to life in prison.
Alex Staines, 30, stabbed Christie Frewin, 25, in a horrific knife attack at her home in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, at around 9:20 a.m. on January 27.
Staines, who was later charged with murder and knife-wielding possession, stabbed Ms Frewin a total of 17 times in what was described in court as a “frantic and murderous” assault.
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to murder and having a knife and was told he would have to serve a minimum term of 22 years before being eligible for parole.
Alex Staines (pictured), 30, stabbed his former partner a total of 17 times in what was described in court as a ‘frantic and murderous’ attack
Christie Frewin, 25, was killed after Staines entered her home in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, around 9:20 am on January 27.
The court heard that Staines arrived at Mrs. Frewin’s home at 8:25 a.m. on the morning of January 27 and was seen inside only to leave six minutes later.
Staines attacked Mrs. Frewin almost immediately after entering her house with a large kitchen knife, a court heard.
Five of the wounds were on her face, six on her neck and there was also a cut on her throat.
Staines, who turned himself in to police later that morning at Hatfield Police Station, also suffered fatal injuries on her wrist and over her arm, where she had a tattoo with his name.
Judge Michael Kay QC set him up and told Staines, “Christie was very young when you met and over the years you compulsively abused and controlled her.”
The judge said Ms. Frewin ended their relationship in 2018, but noted that Staines was jealous of every new boyfriend in her life.
“You thought she had no right to live her own life,” the judge told Staines.
Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew said it was clear in the hours leading up to the attack that Staines had formed a “serious plan” to harm his former partner and her children “because she had talked to other men.”
After stabbing Mrs. Frewin, Staines left the house and made at least two phone calls — including one to his father — but in neither call did he tell anyone that the children were alone in the house with their mother.
They were discovered when someone concerned for Mrs. Frewin’s welfare called her cell phone which was answered by one of the children who raised the alarm.
The court heard that Staines physically and emotionally abused Ms Frewin after dating her in 2013.
After Mrs. Frewin’s death, flowers and cars were laid in front of the mother’s house
Mrs. Frewin’s family described her as the ‘most kind’ and ‘loving’ mother who ‘always put on the bravest face for her three most beautiful children. Pictured: A tribute left outside Mrs. Frewin .’s home
Forensic teams outside the Hertfordshire property this year after the horrific attack
Because of his intimidation of her, Ms. Frewin came to the attention of authorities and was given an emergency cell phone to call for help if she felt threatened by Staines.
In January of this year, Staines was out on bail for an attack on Mrs. Frewin.
The day before her death, Staines spoke to a male friend of the young mother and told him he would not be having his “baby mother.”
Mr Mulgrew said that in the hours that followed Staines began preparing for what he was going to do, leaving some of his property with another friend and asking a friend to babysit his dog.
Judge Kay sentenced Staines to life, telling him he would have to serve a minimum term of 22 years and 58 days behind bars before he was eligible for parole.
He said it was not certain whether the children had witnessed their mother’s murder, but he said it was likely they would have heard her scream.
Staines was told that if he is released, he will be in line for the rest of his life.
After Mrs. Frewin’s death, her family paid tribute to the “most kind” and “loving” mother who “always put on the bravest face for her three most beautiful children.”
In a statement, her family said: “Christie had so many wonderful qualities. She was the sweetest, most kind, loving sister, daughter and mother to her children we could have ever asked for.
“We always had each other through everything. She loved so much and no matter what Christie had to deal with, she always put on the bravest face for her three most beautiful children.
“I feel robbed and robbed. She was so strong and I hope she will only be remembered for the brave and gentle soul she was. She is truly loved and missed.
“I love you forever and ever, girl. Until we meet again princess.’
Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, who led the investigation, said: “Our thoughts are with Christie’s family and friends at what remains an extremely difficult time for them.
“Nothing can ever make up for the heartbreaking loss they have suffered at this man’s senseless and horrific actions.
“At least they were spared the ordeal of a trial, yet they relive the events every day.
Staines is a violent man who has shown no real remorse for what he has done. His actions that morning were truly harrowing and have left three young children growing up without their mother.”