Exeter man convicted for life

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

A man has been sentenced today, Wednesday 18 July, to life with a minimum of 15 years for the murder of his partner.

Darrell Rose [pictured], aged 36, from Exeter was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court this afternoon following the death of his 32-year-old partner, Geraldine Mellor [pictured].

Geraldine was killed at her home in Alphington Road on Wednesday 10 January 2018. Her body was located the following day. Emergency services were called to the address on Tuesday 11 January 2018 following reports that a body had been located inside the property.

A murder investigation was launched and Rose was arrested and charged with murder.

The jury heard evidence of how Rose strangled his girlfriend in the early hours of January 10 and was shown CCTV of him leaving the property at 5.39am having killed her seconds earlier.

Deputy Senior Investigation Officer, Detective Sergeant Samantha Wenham said: “This has been a complex investigation into the tragic loss of the life of Geraldine Mellor.

“Geraldine was a fun-loving, free-spirited young woman who was loved by her family and friends and is sorely missed.

“The investigation team have worked closely with our partner agencies through this complex and emotive inquiry.

“Both the investigation and trial have presented numerous challenges and Devon and Cornwall police are satisfied with today’s outcome.”

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