Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his wife

McDonald will serve a minimum of 17.5 years
(Last Updated On: November 3, 2015)

James Luke McDonald, 37 was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering his wife.

McDonald, was sentenced today at Exeter Crown Court and will servce a minimum of 17.5 years for the murder of his wife, Sophie McDonald in January.

McDonald will serve a minimum of 17.5 years

McDonald will serve a minimum of 17.5 years

Sophie had been reported missing on Wednesday 28th January. Her body was  discovered the next day at a property in Iddesleigh Terrace, Dawlish following an extensive search by police, rescue groups and volunteers.

Sophie’s mother and father have released the following statement: “Sophie has been murdered there clearly are no winners.

“We can only now begin to come to terms with the reality of this situation.

“It isn’t possible for justice to have been done for such a terrible thing that James McDonald has done to our wonderful daughter, sister and friend to so many people.

“He now has his time in prison to reflect on what he has done. We only hope that with a long passage of time to reflect upon his actions he may become a different person.

“He will eventually be released to re build a new life, however we are all serving a life long sentence.

“Forgiveness is something we should endeavour to offer, however that isn’t something that will come easily. He has taken away the one person that gave their children everything – and that alone is impossible to replace. “We now ask that our privacy is respected at this continually difficult time.”

Sophie McDonald

Sophie McDonald

Detective Inspector Steve Davies, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This was not a straight forward investigation. This result follows a very detailed and comprehensive nine-month investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team.

“The police, Crown Prosecution Service and the Queen’s Counsel have worked professionally and diligently to bring this offender to justice.

“Working closely at all times with the family I can say they have acted with the utmost dignity. Two parents have lost their daughter, a brother has lost his sister and three children have lost their mother. I now hope that this result in some way will assist them to move forward in their lives.”


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