Detective: Gemma Hayter killers’ sentences “suitable”

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THE detective in charge of the Gemma Hayter murder trial has said her killers received “suitable sentences”.

Gemma’s body was found on a disused railway line in Rugby in August last year. A few days later detectives arrested five people who were subsequently charged with murder and stood trial at Warwick Crown Court in August this year.

At the end of the trial Daniel Newstead, 22, and Chantelle Booth, 20, of Little Pennington Street, Rugby and Joe Boyer, 18, of Little Pennington Street, Rugby were found guilty of murder and Jessica Lynas, 19, of Little Pennington Street, Rugby and Duncan Edwards, 19, of Rounds Gardens, Rugby were convicted of manslaughter. They were sentenced today at the Old Bailey.

Booth must serve a minimum of 21 years, Newstead a minimum of 20 years, Boyer a minimum of 16 years while Lynas was sentenced for 13 years and Edwards 15 years.

Speaking after sentencing DCI James Essex, who led the investigation, said: “Gemma Hayter was a vulnerable young woman who was brutally killed at the hands of five people who she considered to be her friends.

“I am satisfied that those people have received suitable sentences and that justice has been done. This was a fast moving investigation carried out by a professional and dedicated team using a number of different, specialist skills.

“Officers and staff worked tirelessly throughout the investigation and trial to make sure that those responsible for Gemma’s death were brought to justice.”

He added: “Today they can be proud that their dedication and professionalism has resulted in these substantial sentences.

“Nothing can bring Gemma back, and her family will serve a life sentence of their own coming to terms with everything that has happened.

“I hope that they can now start to rebuild their lives.”