A woman has been handed a life sentence in prison for the murder of Kasey Anderson following an incident of domestic violence in Croxteth earlier this year.
Natalie Bennett, 47, of Carr Lane East, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, 10 November after a trial found her guilty of murder last month.
She was handed a life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.
Kasey, aged 24, from Croxteth, was stabbed at around 6.30pm on Carr Lane East on Saturday, 12 March.
Despite being taken to hospital with injuries to his chest and leg, Kasey sadly passed away in hospital on Friday, 31 March.
Following an investigation, detectives were able to prove that Bennett used a knife to stab her boyfriend Kasey following a domestic incident.
Kasey’s dad Graham Anderson issued a tribute today on behalf of the family. He said, “Kasey brought so much joy into our lives, and he will forever be missed. He was a huge part of everyone’s lives. He made everyone laugh and had time for everyone.
“We would like to thank Merseyside Police for all their hard work, time, effort, and dedication along with their emotional support for putting this case together and helping us on our journey of justice for Kasey. We have repeatedly said time after time, we could not have been surrounded by more helpful people.
“Please if there is anyone out there, fighting a battle with domestic abuse or mental health issues man or woman. Stand up tall and be your voice. Don’t leave it too late. Speaking up is not a weakness, it is the biggest strength you can show. Please don’t let your families go through what we are going through.”
Detective Inspector Ben Wayment added, “This was a vicious and calculated attack by Bennett that sadly resulted in the death of a young man.
“Our thoughts remain with Kasey’s family at this time and we hope this sentencing brings them some comfort.
“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of gender, age and sexuality. It is important for people to recognise when it is happening to them, and that confidential support and advice is available to those that need it.
“Domestic abuse is a complex issue and can take many forms including psychological, financial, sexual, emotional and physical.
“There is support available from both the police and our partners and we want to raise awareness of the support that is available to anyone who is or has experienced domestic abuse or has been affected by it.
“All reports are treated seriously, they will be investigated sensitively and we will work with our partners to offer support and keep victims safe. We understand that every domestic incident is unique and we will do everything we can to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice, so the victims of this terrible and under-reported crime are protected and their needs are put first.
“Merseyside Police would also appeal to families and friends to keep an eye out for signs that someone may be a victim of domestic abuse. Sometimes victims are unable to contact the police, which is why it’s so important the people around them who suspect something is going can do it on their behalf.”
There are a number of ways to report:
If you have any non-urgent information on domestic abuse – if you are a victim or believe someone you know is a victim – you can contact direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or contact @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you are in immediate danger, always call 999. If you ring 999 and are not in a safe position to speak to us then cough, or tap, the phone and press 55, when prompted. This will alert the operator that you need assistance and we will provide support.
You can report online domestic abuse to us online Report domestic abuse | Merseyside Police and someone will get back to you, via your specified method, within 24 hours.
Further support can also be found at these agencies:
Paul Lavelle Foundation – firstname.lastname@example.org 0151 651 3777 – Support Line
Refuge (includes information for men) | refuge.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Women’s Aid | womensaid.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours) https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
Visit our website for more information Advice about domestic abuse | Merseyside Police
Lead image: Natalie Bennett/Merseyside Police