*Angela Burkitt, 52, who was found guilty earlier this week for the murder of 39-year-old Joanne Hemingway in Hull, has today been sentenced to life in prison. She will serve a minimum of 20 years. Burkitt was also sentenced to 18 months in prison for witness intimidation which will run concurrently.*
T/Detective Chief Inspector Alan Curtis from Humberside Police’s Major Crime Team said: “Joanne’s family, myself and my team welcome the decision reached today by the jury who have found Angela Burkitt guilty of murder and witness intimidation.
“Angela Burkitt is a bully, and over a sustained period of time she had bullied Joanne Hemingway and other residents in and around the area they lived in Hull.
"On 29th of June this year Joanne stood up to Angela Burkitt and confronted her outside their home addresses on Beverley Road. This confrontation cost Joanne her life. She was tragically stabbed and subsequently died of her injuries.
“For his part in the incident Glenn Foster, who's also known as Eddie Walker, has already pleaded guilty to various offences and he will be sentenced shortly.
“For any officer such an investigation is difficult and challenging, and this case was no different. I would like to thank my team for their hard work and determination in establishing the facts, bringing Burkitt to justice, and for getting justice for Joanne's family.
“Joanne’s family have passed on a message and wish me to say the following on their behalf: “Joanne had a big heart and was an integral part of a loving and supportive family unit. She is irreplaceable and will be deeply missed by us all and everyone who knew her.
"We would like to thank the police for completing a thorough investigation and for supporting us through this ordeal. We would also like to thank prosecuting counsel for delivering this case to the court.”