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Man who hacked wife to death in ‘avalanche of serious violence’ jailed for life, accused of stabbing her in the back with a chainsaw while she was sleeping

Craig Woodhall, 41, hacked his wife to death in the street with a kukri machete in an “unrelenting avalanche of exceptionally serious violence”, has been jailed for life. The footage was also captured on CCTV but the Recorder of Sheffield said it was too disturbing to be shown in court. He pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 18-and-a-half years on Friday. However, the judge said his conduct may only be characterised as merciless

Judge said, “You plainly intended to kill your wife. Not a shred of mercy was exhibited at the scene. You left her for dead in the street.” Mrs Woodhall had recently left the family home in to live with another man. The couple married in 2013 but the relationship subsequently deteriorated. She suffered terrible injuries to her face, neck and head. He later gave himself up to police, saying “I’ve f***** up” and “What have I done?”.

Woodhall was described in court as a ‘beautiful and talented daughter’ who worked as an operation theatre technician at Rotherham General Hospital. Her father, Paul Mason, told the court that his daughter was training to work on Covid-19 wards when she was murdered. Mr Mason added that woodhall had 13 GCSEs and three A-levels before graduating from Sheffield Hallam University.