‘Monster’ caged for brutal killing of former girlfriend

Denise Skilbeck.
Denise Skilbeck.
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A MAN who beat his partner to death was jailed for a minimum of 20 years by Nottingham Crown Court last Friday.

Gary Spalding, 34, of Dobson’s Quay in Newark, inset, had previously admitted murdering former Bicester woman Denise Skilbeck, 31, pictured, on March 15 this year.

Miss Skilbeck’s family said: “We are thankful he will now be off the streets and no longer pose a threat to anyone else for a long time to come, but the reality is this monster will be younger than us when he is released, with the rest of his life in front of him; something he took so savagely from Denise.”

Miss Skilbeck moved to Newark in 2007.