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Plea change in murder case of York born police officer

Court

10:33am 26th June 2012
(Updated 12:56pm 26th June 2012)

A former detective has pleaded guilty to the murder of York born Police Constable Heather Cooper.

Her body was found in woodland back in October.

Foster been jailed for life - with a minimum term of 17 years.

Until now 36-year-old Peter Foster from Haslemere has denied murder.

But during an appearance at Lewes Crown Court this morning - he changed his plea to guilty.

Heather was killed at the home she shared with Foster.

The mother of two was on maternity leave at the time of her death, her second child was just weeks old.

A post-mortem showed the 33-year-old was killed by a blunt force trauma to the head and a stab wound to the throat.

Heather, who grew up in York, joined Surrey Police in 2003 where she was based in Guildford.

Three years ago she received a commendation from Surrey Police for her professionalism, dedication and commitment.

Heather was later buried in York after a funeral service at the Minster.

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Howard and Byrne Solicitors, York - Criminal Defence Specialists