A MAN who stabbed a Huddersfield mum-of-three 25 times as she begged for her life has been jailed for 17 years.
Reece Ludlow, 20, stabbed Louisa Brannan, 35, with two kitchen knives and battered her about the head with a frying pan at his mother's flat.
Ludlow, of Oakwood Court, Benhill Wood Road, Sutton, Surrey, dramatically changed his plea to guilty halfway through his trial.
He had initially denied murdering the Ms Brannan, formerly of Water Street, Springwood, in March last year.
Sentencing him to life imprisonment today, and ruling that he must serve 17 years before he is even considered for parole, Woolwich Crown Court Judge Nicholas Hilliard told the defendant: “Your victim was naked, defenceless and in unfamiliar surroundings when you made a sustained and brutal attack.
“She asked you to stop, but you did not. You cut her jugular vein with a knife and hit her with a frying pan.
“She did not die straight away and was at your mercy for five hours, naked and terrified, but you showed her no mercy.”
Ludlow, who was at the time subject to a Youth Rehabilitation Order for two muggings, claimed the victim insulted him, his family and ex-girlfriend in the bedroom, and that this was what “triggered” the attack.
However, this was rejected by the judge, who during the trial heard evidence from Ludlow's ex, Fon Promsan, 19, who was called several times by the defendant as Louisa was fighting for her life.
See full story and reaction from Louisa's family in Wednesday's Examiner.