A team of officers from South Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit have been presented with judge’s commendations for their investigation into the death of a 73-year-old woman in Barnsley, resulting in a life sentence for her killer.
On the evening of Wednesday 30 May 2018, Jill Hibberd was attacked in her home in Roy Kilner Road in the Wombwell area.
The following morning, neighbours discovered Ms Hibberd’s body on the floor of her living room after they became concerned that there was a light on in her house and her red Audi TT was missing from the driveway. She had been stabbed more than 70 times.
An investigation was launched, led by Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, supported by a team from the Major Crime Unit (MCU).
DCI Ashmore, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “On attending the property, we found that there were clear signs indicating that a disturbance had taken place and it appeared that the victim had been moved to the position in which she was found, in order to hide her from view of the window.
“The ornamental curtains in the living room window also had blood staining on and it appeared that efforts had been made by the offender to close them. In addition to this, the living room rug appeared to have been moved to hide the majority of the blood on the floor, as a result of Ms Hibberd being stabbed more than 70 times.
“Forensic swabs were taken from the victim’s ankles and the curtains and were submitted for fast-track analysis. When the forensics came back they were found to match that of the suspect, Lee Trevor Fueloep, who was subsequently arrested for murder.”
Fueloep denied the offence throughout, but was ultimately found guilty following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court on 14 December 2018. The 40-year-old, formerly of Wombwell, Barnsley, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35-years.
Judge’s commendations, presented by Detective Chief Superintendent James Abdy, have since been presented to the investigative team.
DCI Ashmore said: “It was an excellent team effort but thanks also go to Barnsley district officers and staff within MCU who ensured a thorough investigation which led to this result for the victim’s family.
“I would also like to thank the CCTV coordinator DC Sonia Keeble, the family liaison officers DC Lisa Kramer and DC Simon Taylor, as well as the Major Crime Unit Intelligence Development Team.”
Pictured L – R: Det Chief Supt Abdy, DCI Jude Ashmore (SIO), DS Ben Wood, DC Steve Robinson and DC Stephen Cartlidge.
Absent from the presentation were Karen Jackson, DC Darren Sleep, DS Gary Pick and DC Michelle Hardy.
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