BREAKING NEWS: Man jailed for life for murdering young Bexhill mum

Paul Withers was found guilty of murdering Lauren Masters SUS-160725-170134001

Paul Withers was found guilty of murdering Lauren Masters SUS-160725-170134001

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The ex-partner of Lauren Masters has been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.

Paul Withers, 22, was sentenced to life in prison today (Tuesday, July 26) after being found guilty of the 20-year-old’s murder at Hove Crown Court yesterday (Monday, July 25).

Lauren Masters. SUS-150209-154350001

Lauren Masters. SUS-150209-154350001

The judge ruled he will serve a minimum tariff of 24 years.

Speaking after the guilty verdict yesterday, Lauren’s family said: “Lauren was a loving and devoted mother to her two boys. She was a bright, happy, caring and friendly young woman, loved by her mother, her sister, grandparents and friends.

“Today’s verdict shows what an evil, violent, jealous and controlling person, Paul Withers is. He took Lauren’s life in the most dreadful way and it is right that he spends his life in prison away from us.

“He has shown himself to be a contemptuous individual who has not once shown the slightest remorse for murdering Lauren. She did not deserve to suffer and die like she did.

“Paul Withers should have walked away when she asked him to. What happened to Lauren on 28 August 2015 was utterly horrific and has left all who knew her completely heartbroken.

“Today we feel that justice has been served in time we hope that the pain of her passing will lessen and that we can move forward. We will never forget Lauren. She will be in our hearts and our thoughts every single day and she will be missed dearly by all who loved her.”

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