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Woman Found Guilty Of Murdering Online Boyfriend

Carol Kemp, 29 May 2012

8:03am 30th May 2012

A woman, who fatally stabbed her boyfriend on Portland after he ended their relationship, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Local man Martin Rusling died from a single puncture wound to the chest after being stabbed by Carol Kemp with a kitchen knife at his bungalow on Park Road on December 28th 2011.

The 44 year old, who worked locally as a laminator, was pronounced dead at the scene.

45 year old Kemp from Torquay in Devon was found guilty of murder by a Judge at Winchester Crown Court.

Kemp initially denied the offence. She was arrested and charged with his murder 2 days later.

She'll serve a minimum of 13 years behind bars.

Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Martin was very well loved by his family and friends and described as a very friendly, happy and caring person.

"We believe that Martin, who was in a short term relationship with Kemp, wanted to end the relationship over the Christmas period and she reacted violently, stabbing him once in the chest with a kitchen knife.

"He was fatally wounded and died from one single deep puncture wound.

"This was a tragic and callous act against a defenceless man and our sympathy is with Martin's family and friends who are still coming to terms with their loss.
"I would like to thank Detective Sergeant Dave Richards from the Major Crime Investigation Team for his thorough investigation which brought Kemp to justice."

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