|Preston Crown Court
|Anthony Russell QC
March 2009, Alan Entwistle appeared at Fleetwood Magistrates' Court over allegations that he falsely imprisoned Ms Atkinson and had vowed to kill her.
Sunday 17th April 2009, Entwistle's Ex-partner Claire Atkinson, was found dead in the front passenger seat of a Hyundai car when it crashed in Thornton Cleveleys. Police were called by paramedics and it was established that her injuries were not caused by the impact of the collision. Claire was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest.
52-year-old Alan Entwistle was arrested at the scene of the crash after the vehicle hit a Land Rover Discovery.
Saturday, 25 April 2009, Entwistle was remanded in custody by Blackpool magistrates court.
Tuesday 22nd December 2009, Entwistle admitted murder.
Preston crown court heard that he had told her: "If I cannot have you then no one else can."
On the day of the murder Entwistle stalked her as she walked home from work. He then coaxed her into his car and stabbed her 13-times in the heart and chest in the passenger seat.
Entwistle was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years 298 days.