THIS is the 66-year-old grandmother brutally murdered by her daughter’s ex-partner.
Carol Berry was stabbed by Sebastian Mercante, 40, at her home at Bradley Road at around 6.30pm on Friday.
Her family released a statement yesterday saying: “She was a wonderful mum who thrived on being a mother, nana and brilliant sister.
“She was a best friend to all of us.”
“We are devastated by what has happened.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and support during this terrible time.”
Her son Andrew Fields, 36,was also injured in the attack, suffering knife wounds to his hands and neck as he tried to protect his mother.
He has now been released from hospital and is said to be making a good recovery.
Mercante, a 40-year-old body builder from Tenerife jetted into the UK on Friday, reportedly after ex-partner Claire Tootill.
Claire, Carol’s daughter, had asked for a divorce.
The former Holmfirth High pupil was a graduate who had completed a biology degree at Manchester Metropolitan University before meeting Mercante abroad.
Police began a search for the killer, but in the early hours of Saturday Mercante’s body was discovered at the foot of a car park at Hanover Street in Manchester. He had jumped from the eighth floor after leaving the message “F*** U Claire” in blood on the wall.
Soon after the discovery of his body, police said their investigation was at an end and that he was known to them.
Transactions on the auction website eBay show that Mercante, reportedly once a former member of the French Foreign Legion, had spent some of his final weeks amassing a deadly arsenal on the internet.
He paid £65 for a Blackhawk serrated knife from the “Sexy Weapon Co” and also a pair of police-style riot gloves for use under body armour.
He had also bought a tool belt from a company that designed gun holsters and newspapers reported that after his death a “torture kit” of cable ties, a knife and a blunt instrument was discovered.
Coroners have not yet set any dates for the inquests.