Crime

U.K. Woman Gets Life In Prison After Fatally Stabbing Her Boyfriend

| by Reve Fisher
Terri-Marie Palmer and Damon SearsonTerri-Marie Palmer and Damon Searson

A U.K. woman was sentenced to life behind bars after stabbing her boyfriend to death. She allegedly killed him over his activity on Facebook.

Terri-Marie Palmer, 23, and her boyfriend, Damon Searson, moved in together in July 2015, The Daily Mail reports. In the days leading up to Searson’s murder in August 2015, the couple reportedly started arguing more about his time spent on Facebook.

“Crying myself to sleep for the second time this week and it's only Wednesday,” Palmer wrote in one Facebook post, according to The Daily Mail. “Thanks Damon. I'm so angry and hurt I honestly want to [expletive] stab you.”

On the night of the murder on Aug. 3, Palmer complained to a friend about her unemployed boyfriend’s Facebook habits.

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“All he does is sits there and adds loads of girls,” Palmer wrote. “He's a [expletive] little prick. I'm fuming with him.”

Around midnight, Palmer reportedly knocked on a neighbor’s door in distress. In an emergency call that was played for the jury, she said Searson asked her to throw a carving knife to him and it stabbed him in the chest.

Searson went into cardiac arrest while en route to Royal Lancaster Infirmary and was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the Lancashire Evening Post. After police told her that Searson had died, she said, “I didn't mean for it to get him," The Daily Mail notes.

Palmer denied murdering Searson and said he was a “controlling" alcoholic.

“I just wanted to make things work but he started to become a bit possessive over me,” Palmer said, according to The Daily Mail. "Wherever I was going, if it was just to the shop he had to be with me. I wasn't expecting to be with him 24/7.”

During the trial, a mutual friend told the jury that the couple loved each other, and Palmer spent a lot of time working to be able to afford rent because Damon was unemployed.

“She tried her best with Damon,” the friend said. “She’d give him money.”

After the case, Detective Inspector Nina Foley from Lancashire Police said Searson’s death was due to a domestic dispute. She added that Palmer gave varying accounts of the night’s events to emergency medical workers and attending police officials, as well as during her interview and trial.

"The events of that night have had far reaching consequences and two families have been left devastated,” Foley said.

On Feb. 19, Palmer was found guilty of murdering Season and sentenced to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole after 12 years.

Sources: The Daily Mail, Lancashire Evening Post / Photo Credit: Cavendish Press via The Daily Mail, Lancashire Evening Post

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