Issued on 18/2/19 at 1:13 p.m.
The daughter of murdered Tracey Evans has today (18 February) paid tribute to her mum.
Following the conviction of Tracey’s partner Jeremy Clarke, Jodie Winterson said: “Losing my mum under such brutal and horrific circumstances has been extremely painful and traumatic for our family.
“Myself and the rest of my family have endured a very difficult six months since my mum was so brutally taken and we are relieved the trial process is now over and finally grieve for the mother, daughter, sister, auntie and friend we have all lost. The deep sadness we feel will be with us forever and is something no family should ever have to go through.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about my mum who will be so dearly missed by so many.
“She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, her kindness and her complete selflessness. She truly did have a heart of gold, always putting others before herself and was such a hard working lady.
“Although we feel justice has partly been served with today’s verdict, no conviction or prison sentence will ever be enough for the physical, mental, financial and emotional abuse Jeremy Clarke subjected my mum to during their relationship, or the way he so brutally murdered her on her birthday.
“Jeremy’s actions will never be justified. His total lack of remorse for any of his actions are those only of a controlling bully and a cold, callous murderer.
“I would like to finish with a deep and heartfelt thank you to the Crown Prosecution Service, Mary Prior QC and Leicestershire Police, especially the family liaison officers and all those who worked so tirelessly on the case to get justice for my mum. You have provided great support to me and the rest of the family and shown compassion throughout.”