Woman jailed for retaliation murder
A woman who stabbed a Liverpool mother-of-two to death after years of falling out has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years.
It took a jury of seven women and five men just an hour to convict Louise Gardner, 26, of murdering Rachel Jones, also 26.
On March 14 last year Miss Jones, from Anfield, Liverpool, cycled to Gardner's mother's house and smashed a window as part of the ongoing dispute.
Gardner, of Mallow Road, Kensington, retaliated with horrific consequences.
She followed her with other women in a car and when they caught up with her, she shouted: "I'm going to kill you," before stabbing her 14 times and breaking her jaw.
Gardner left her victim unconscious on the ground and fled the scene while paramedics took Miss Jones to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Jailing her for life at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Gerald Clifton told Gardner: "You have been convicted of murder by the unanimous verdict of the jury.
"You have ended the life of a young woman and deprived two very young children of their mother."
Gardner admitted killing Miss Jones but claimed she was provoked. chester standard