Man spends first year behind bars over 'horrifying murder' of estranged wife in South Yorkshire street with machete

A South Yorkshire killer who hacked his estranged wife to death with a machete outside their marital home has spent his first year behind bars.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 9:41 am

Craig Woodhall, aged 41, chased his ex, Victoria, down the street before killing her in a frenzied attack witnessed by their horrified neighbours.

The former soldier used a Gurkha-style machete in the attack on March 29 last year, which left Victoria, a mum-of-three, with multiple skull fractures, as well as significant injuries to her head, face, neck, arms, hands, shoulders and back.

He drove off from the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards and has been behind bars since.

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Killer Craig Woodhall

Woodhall pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life last October.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 18-and-a-half years behind bars.

Victoria, who worked as a nurse at Rotherham Hospital, was killed in Windsor Crescent in what Detective Inspector Ben Wood described as a ‘brutal and sustained attack’ and ‘horrifying murder’.

CCTV footage recovered from the street showed Woodhall dragging Victoria to the ground and stabbing her several times before walking away. He returned to her twice to inflict more violence.

Victoria Woodhall was killed in a machete attack

DI Wood said the attack ‘caused a significant deal of distress within the local community, especially among those residents who witnessed the murder’.

He said eyewitnesses have received specialist support to help them cope with the ‘traumatic impact’ of the murder.

Jailing Woodhall, Judge Jeremy Richardson said: “Your conduct may only be characterised as merciless, determined, sustained and savage in the extreme. The deceased was defenceless.”

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