Warwickshire Police welcome life sentence for Rugby murderer Owen Williams

Owen Williams
Owen Williams

Warwickshire Police have welcomed the life prison sentence given to convicted murderer Owen Williams from Rugby.

Williams, 51, of Grizedale in Brownsover, was found guilty at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington yesterday (Thursday) of murdering his estranged wife Shana Cover, 34, at her flat in Morton Gardens in August last year.

Shana Cover

Shana Cover

He will serve a minimum 22-year prison sentence.

Det Supt James Essex, who led the investigation, said: “This was a vicious and brutal attack. It is clear that Williams is an extremely controlling and dangerous individual and we welcome today’s sentence.

“Our thoughts today are with Shana’s family and friends; nobody should have to lose a loved one in such a way. I do hope that they can find some peace from today’s verdict and they can start to rebuild their lives. I would ask that their privacy is respected while they continue to come to terms with their loss.”

Yvonne Rose, Shana’s mother, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the judge, barristers and jury for their role in bringing the accused to justice. I know you have heard many variations of the truth and you have had the very difficult job of deciphering the facts from the fiction.

“I would also like to thank the police, the victim support service and everyone who works behind the scenes as this result would not have been possible without you.”