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Man pleads guilty to murdering his partner in Southend

Man pleads guilty to murdering his partner in Southend
The family of a woman who was killed by her partner have described how loved and adored she was.

Michael Strudwick shot Christy Walshe at her home in Sutton Road, Southend, on the evening of Sunday 13 January.

Sadly she died in hospital on Tuesday 15 January, surrounded by her family.

Strudwick, 33, of Sutton Road, Southend, admitted a charge of murder at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday 12 July.

He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday 23 July.

Christy’s family said: “Christy was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin, and an adored granddaughter.

“As all families, we had our ups and downs, but Christy was loved. She mattered.

“We made the common mistake in believing we had time to put things right. Time to say sorry. Time to say ‘I love you.’

“Her death was cruel, violent and senseless.

“We would like to say thank you to family and friends for their love and support, especially as they are grieving themselves.

“Thank you to Essex Police for their work and support, especially to the family liaison officers, who have stood beside us every step of the way.

“And thank you to the emergency services and hospital staff.”

Christy’s family have requested their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

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