THE HEARTBROKEN sisters of a mum stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend after they were reunited on Facebook have spoken of their loss after he was found guilty of murder.
Alexander Burnett, 32, was locked up for life and told he must spend at least 22 years behind bars for knifing Lee Hendry, 52, of Brimmington, Chesterfield, through the neck.
A jury at Nottingham Crown Court found Burnett guilty of murder despite his claims he had accidently stabbed her when a sex game went wrong.
Lee’s sister Karen Butcher, from Hollingwood, Chesterfield, said: “We’re pleased with the verdict and sentence but Lee’s never coming back.
“There is a bit more peace now.
“Life without Lee means there is always something missing. We’ve tried to have family get-togethers but we miss her so much and we all think of her in our own ways all the time.
Her sister Maxine Bonser said Lee was a ‘loving and caring person’ who was devoted to her job as a care worker.
Sentencing Burnett, of Westlea View, Clowne, Judge Charles Haddon-Cave praised Lee’s family and friends for the dignity they showed during the six day trial.
He said Burnett had taken pleasure in her death and had not shown a shred of mercy or remorse.
He said the family would face ‘a life sentence of loss.’
Det Chief Insp Gary Cathcart of Derbyshire Police said: “An extremely dangerous man has been removed from our community.”