THE family of a former Bicester woman who was murdered by her boyfriend said her loss has left a “gaping hole” in their lives.
Gary Spalding, 34, of Dobson’s Quay at The Wharf in Newark, Notts, pleaded guilty to murder at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.
The body of 31-year-old employment supervisor Denise Skilbeck, who left Bicester in 2007, was discovered in March this year. A post-mortem found she had died of head injuries.
Miss Skilbeck’s mother Ingrid and her three sisters travelled from their Bicester home for the hearing.
In a joint statement, they said: “Denise’s death has left a gaping hole in our lives. She was so full of life and had so much more to give.
“Denise had recently received a commendation at work for helping 100 disadvantaged people back into employment. But she did so much more than that. “She worked above and beyond the expectations of her job, not only helping people back into work but helping them re-integrate into society. She was making such a difference.
“She was a very loving, very funny daughter, sister and aunt and she was incredibly community spirited, helping people outside of work as well as in. “Her loss is being felt not only at home but among the hundreds of people she has touched during her short life.”
Spalding is due to be sentenced on September 9.