Man Jailed for Murder of Knowsley Village Mother & Daughter
A man has been sent to prison for 23 years, one-and-a-half months for the murder of two women from Knowsley Village.
William Owen, 55, pleaded guilty to murdering his partner, Sharon Hayter, 54, and his daughter, Stephanie Owen, 29, on Thursday 28 November last year.
He was due to go to trial this week, having originally pleaded not guilty. On Wednesday 30 April, however, he changed his plea.
Owen was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today, Friday 2 May.
Sharon and Stephanie’s family members still don’t understand why he killed the women.
“Sharon was a kind and generous woman, who would always put others first and devoted her life to the care and well-being of her daughter Stephanie,” Sharon and Stephanie’s family said in a statement following the sentencing.
“Stephanie was a young, beautiful woman, who loved to sing and play music. She also had a passion for collecting things.
“William Owen painted a bleak picture of his life with Sharon and Stephanie. Throughout this sad time he has cynically tried to proportion blame for Stephanie’s cowardly murder on our sister Sharon. Everyone who knew Sharon was sickened by his cowardly and outrageous lies.
“The family are relieved that the truth has finally come out.
“The family will never forgive or forget the senseless and brutal murder of Sharon and Stephanie. They will be greatly missed by all who knew them.”
They thanked Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for helping to bring the truth to light in court.
Pictured: Sharon and her daughter, Stephanie, in their younger years