A man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend in Theale.
Mark Sinclair, 31, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday (13 March), for killing his girlfriend, Kylie Dembrey.
At around 12.50am on 6 September 2018 Sinclair made a call to police stating that he had killed Kylie at her home in Blossom Lane, Theale.
She was found by officers with significant stab wounds to her neck and chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene following sustained attempts to revive her.
Sinclair was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of murder on 7 September.
Speaking following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Dejan Avramovic from Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit said:
“Today Sinclair has received life imprisonment for the murder of Kylie Dembrey.
“His actions were callous and violent in a situation that must have been terrifying for Kylie, especially in her own home.
“I would like to praise Kylie’s family for their bravery through what must have been a difficult process.
“I would also like to thank them for their support throughout this investigation.
"I hope they feel that justice has been achieved for Kylie and that this sentence will help them to move on with their lives.
“Thames Valley Police does not tolerate domestic abuse and we take all reports seriously.
"To report any concerns, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
Photo: Kylie Dembrey - Thames Valley Police
The following tribute to Kylie has been released by Thames Valley police, on behalf of her family:
“We continue to grieve the loss of Kylie who was taken from us on the 6th of September 2018.
“Kylie, whilst petite had a big personality.
"She made an impression on everyone she met.
“Kylie was the only person who constantly loved and supported her partner no matter how badly he treated her.
"She felt bonded to him by the children they had together.
“He repaid this kindness by killing her.
"Our message is this, to anyone who finds themselves in a domestically abusive situation, please, seek help.
“Our friends and family will miss her smile, her laugh, her presence.
"We will treasure the memories we have of her.
"Our world will be a quieter, sadder place without her.
“We are grateful that justice has been served.”