Domestic Violence: Horrific death of mother-of-two, 25, who suffered multiple broken bones in prolonged attack before being strangled

Please do not let this be your story.

If the beatings are too much you need to give him some space. Seriously.

Also, do NOT keep quiet about beatings. If nothing else, inform his family members. Do NOT keep it to yourself out of shame. Get help. It could be from the religious side or family. There is nothing to be ashamed of. No one likes to admit the man who is supposed to be the love of your life actually beats the living daylights out of them but…life first abeg.

If you die what is gained? Speak up abeg.

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By SAM WEBB

 

Police have revealed that Linzi Ashton, a mother-of-two, suffered horrific injuries, including multiple broken bonesPolice have revealed that Linzi Ashton, a mother-of-two, suffered horrific injuries, including multiple broken bones

A mother-of-two was brutally beaten and suffered a series of broken bones before she was strangled, it was revealed today.

Linzi Ashton, 25, who has a history of suffering domestic abuse, was found dead in her home on Sunday, sparking a huge police manhunt for her former boyfriend.

Michael Cope, 28, is being hunted by police after the body of Miss Ashton, his former girlfriend, was discovered in Salford, Greater Manchester, on Saturday.

Now Craig Blackburn, 25, of Eccles, has been charged with assisting an offender and will appear at Salford Magistrates’ Court today.

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed until August 15 pending further enquiries.

A third man, aged 26, also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remains in police custody.

Miss Ashton was subjected to a ‘prolonged and brutal’ ordeal at the hands of her attacker hours before her body was found at her home.

A post-mortem examination showed the barmaid died from ‘pressure to the neck and multiple injuries’.

It is understood Linzi had several broken and fractured bones as well as wide-ranging multiple wounds.

A senior police source revealed: ‘It was an appalling, prolonged and brutal attack.’

Detectives have vowed to track down 28-year-old Cope, who is from Salford’s Brookhouse estate.

Michael Cope 28, the man police want to speak to over the 'brutal' murder. Craig Blackburn, 25, of Eccles, has been charged with assisting Cope
A Facebook picture of Linzi Ashton. Cope, 28, has not been seen since his ex-girlfriend was beaten to death at her home - just days after she accused of him of rape

Michael Cope 28, the man police want to speak to over the ‘brutal’ murder. Craig Blackburn, 25, of Eccles, has been charged with assisting Cope, who police believe is still in Salford

He is the chief suspect for her murder after it emerged the pair had spent the previous evening together.

Chief Supt Kevin Mulligan said that Cope was probably still lying low in his home town and warned the net was closing in on him.

He said: ‘Michael Cope is a dangerous man and we urge members of the community not to approach him but to dial 999 if you see him.

‘Our main line of inquiry is that Michael Cope is in the Salford area as that’s where his family and friends are.

Investigation: Police officers at the Salford home of Linzi Ashton, where the 25-year-old's body was recoveredInvestigation: Police officers at the Salford home of Linzi Ashton, where the 25-year-old’s body was recovered

‘We are not ruling out the possibility that he could be anywhere in the country and we are liaising with other forces, but our main focus is in this area.

‘We have increased the police presence in the community and we have a dedicated team of detectives doing everything they can to find Michael Cope.’

A £5,000 reward is being offered for information about Cope and officers warn than anyone caught harbouring him will not only face jail but could be evicted from their homes, following talks with Salford council and housing associations.

Miss Ashton, who had two daughters aged two and seven, was last seen in Eccles at 2am on Saturday.
Culled from dailymail.com

 

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