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PM pays tribute to young woman murdered in brutal attack

IMAGE: LIVERPOOL ECHO

Cassie Hayes, 28, was fatally attacked with a knife by her girlfriend’s ex-partner

Theresa May has paid tribute to 28-year-old Cassie Hayes who was killed in a “brutal attack” in broad daylight at a TUI travel agents in Southport where she worked.

Southport’s Conservative MP Damien Moore asked Mrs May to extend her condolences to Cassie’s family during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons this week.

According to a report by the Liverpool Echo, the opening of the inquest into her death heard that Andrew Burke, who is charged with the 28-year-old’s murder, went into the TUI travel agency where Hayes worked armed with a knife.

Coroner’s investigation officer Albert Howard-Murphy told a hearing at Southport Town Hall that, Burke cut her throat after going into the travel agency.

Mr Howard-Murphy said Burke had made threats against Cassie, and had also previously been arrested and charged with harassment of his former partner Laura Williams, who was Cassie’s partner at the time of the attack.

Laura Williams (left) and Cassie Hayes. Image: Liverpool Echo

Speaking to the BBC, Cassie’s partner Laura Williams said Ms Hayes was: “my future wife and my forever”.

“Cassie is my partner and words will not explain my sorrow and loss, she is the most amazing, gorgeous, selfless and strong person I know,” she said.

The family of Ms Hayes added: “Our whole lives have been shattered.

“This has torn our hearts from our bodies.

“Cassie was an amazing, kind human being who would do anything for anyone.

“She doted on all her family and our loss is beyond calculation.”

Burke is due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court for a plea and case preparation hearing in February.

 

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