Man Who Brutally Murdered His Wife In Birkenhead Is Jailed

A 52-year-old man from Birkenhead who brutally murdered his wife in their own home has today been sentenced to almost 16 years behind bars.

Mark Wheeler, 52, was jailed for 15 years and 10 months at Liverpool Crown Court
Mark Wheeler, 52, was jailed for 15 years and 10 months at Liverpool Crown Court

On Thursday 12 May this year, police attended a property in Vittoria Court, Vittoria Close, Birkenhead, to reports of concern for the welfare of 62-year-old Karen Wheeler. Officers found Mrs Wheeler with severe head injuries. Paramedics attended the incident but despite their best efforts she was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma.

52-year-old Mark Wheeler was charged with her murder and pleaded guilty at a court hearing earlier this year.

Wheeler was sentenced to 15 years and 10 months behind bars today at Liverpool Crown Court.

Detective Inspector Phil Ryan said: "This was a truly shocking and brutal assault which led to the tragic death of Karen Wheeler in her own home.

"Tragically it was her son David who found his mother dead and locked Wheeler in the house until police arrived. Nobody can begin to understand the impact the circumstances and fact of her sudden death has had on her family and friends.

"Nothing can bring Karen back, but I hope that the significant sentence Mark Wheeler must now serve will give them a sense of justice and allow them to finally move on with their lives.

"Merseyside Police continues to do everything it can to tackle all violence against women and girls and we will do everything in our power to support victims, target perpetrators and reduce violence by ensuring victims of domestic abuse feel believed and supported when they report offending to us."

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