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“I AM pleased that her family do not have to go through the ordeal of a court process.”

Those were the words of a senior police officer after a man charged with the murder of Emma McArthur pleaded guilty.

Christopher Joseph Minards, 35, of no fixed abode, stabbed mother-of-two Ms McArthur, whom he knew, on the night of April 1 this year at the junction of Crookham Hill and Burys Bank Road.

Christopher Minards pleaded guilty to the murder of Emma McArthur
Christopher Minards pleaded guilty to the murder of Emma McArthur

She was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A murder investigation was launched and Minards was charged on 4 April.

On Thursday, Minards pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of possession of a knife, blade or sharp pointed article in a public place.

Emma McArthur was murdered on April 1
Emma McArthur was murdered on April 1

The guilty plea means Ms McArthur’s family won’t have to sit through a trial.

Minards will be sentenced in September.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a tragic case in which a man has stabbed and killed a woman whom he knew.

“It was a violent attack, which resulted in Emma dying despite efforts to save her by the emergency services.

“Our investigation identified Minards as the person responsible for Emma’s death, and I am pleased that he has pleaded guilty at this stage and that her family do not have to go through the ordeal of a court process.

“I also hope that this helps them begin the process of moving on with their lives.”

Following her murder, Ms McArthur's family released a statement mourning the loss of "darling Emma."

It added: “Spiritual, spontaneous and a free spirit – with a love of mother nature especially animals and the outdoors. You had a thirst for learning, new skills and could turn your hand to most things.

“Practical – you have never shied away from life’s challenges, caring, thoughtful and always saw the best in everyone. A mother who always put her children before herself and whose love touched all those who were blessed with being able to call her a friend.

“Definitely unique and a one off. How empty our lives will be without you.

“Spread your wings and follow your dreams.

“Loving mother, daughter and friend.”



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