Heartbroken mother reveals disgusting texts her daughter's killer sent her days before the killing: "Your daughter is a fat disgrace"
The Court of Appeal in London has rejected Jason Cooper's bid for a shorter time behind bars for killing Laura Stuart
Laura Stuart's mother has revealed the horrifying texts Jason Cooper, her daughter's boyfriend, sent her days before stabbing her daughter to death in Denbigh, Wales last summer. Ms. Stuart had ended their allegedly abusive relationship. While Cooper was sentenced to life in prison back in March this year, he recently brought his case back to court in a plea for a shorter minimum term, Daily Mail reports.
Elizabeth Griffiths revealed ahead of the hearing the abusive message Cooper sent to her. "Your daughter is a fat disgrace she is and has been f***ing [person's name]," it read. "I f***ed her that Wednesday she came to my house for help! She is a waste of space w***e."
However, when judges dismissed Cooper's claims, Griffiths let out a sigh of relief. They insisted he deserved a long sentence because they felt he was "proud of what he had done." Stuart was attacked last year in August when Cooper assaulted her and stabbed her friend David Roberts who tried to intervene and stop the attack.
"He's not even a person anymore," her mother said. "I can't hate him because he's non-existent... I will never forgive him. He was given 25 years for killing Laura and six years for what he did to Dave. They can only reduce his sentence to 25 years on appeal but it would make a mockery of what Dave went through."
Cooper allegedly sent the mother-of-two 421 texts in a single day as part of the abuse before the murder, Griffiths said. "Police need to recognize these situations. Surely there is something you can put in place on someone that is harassing someone. He didn't just do it to Laura. He did it to me and to her daughter. He said the most awful things on the phone to her. She was just 14," she added.
The murderer allegedly gloated to a witness after the crime. "I said I was going to do it - and I did," he said. Cooper was convicted at Mold Crown Court in March despite his denial and was sentenced to life in prison, with 31 years before his first parole hearing. His lawyers urged appeal judges to reduce his term and allow him to apply for parole sooner. However, the top judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected their claims.
Lady Justice Hallett later said of Cooper: "He armed himself with a knife and took it to the scene specifically to use it to kill Miss Stuart. He planned to kill because, if he could not have her, no one else could. He made sure Miss Stuart knew of his intention and succeeded by stabbing her several times and kicking her in the head as she was defenseless and bleeding. Furthermore, there was a background of coercive behavior. The mitigation was limited — he had no previous convictions. But, far from showing remorse, he appeared to be proud of what he had done. We have considered with care the judge's very full sentencing remarks. He sets out precisely why he took such a serious view of Cooper's conduct and culpability. Jason Cooper killed one young mother and nearly killed a friend with no justification or provocation whatsoever."
An investigation into the incident by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) is still underway and has filed 18 related reports until now.