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Man pleads guilty to murder of mum of three

A 26-year-old man has admitted killing a woman at her home in the Vale of Belvoir earlier this year.

Mum-of-three Clair Ablewhite, aged 47, was fatally injured at a property in Hall Lane, Colston Bassett, on the evening of Friday 25 February.

A Home Office post-mortem examination confirmed Ms Ablewhite had suffered stab wounds.

Mum of three Clair Ablewhite. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police/Handout.

Detectives immediately launched a murder inquiry and later arrested and charged a suspect following several CCTV appeals.

Police at the scene in Colston Basset in February of this year. Photo: NEMM

John Jessop, 26, of Sherwood Avenue, Newark, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Wednesday) and pleaded guilty to her murder.

He had been due to stand trial next week after initially pleading not guilty.

Floral tributes outside the home of Clair Ablewhite in February. Photo: NEMM

Detective Inspector Melanie Crutchley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an appalling crime that resulted in the death of a much-loved and very popular woman.

“I am pleased that Jessop has now admitted his guilt and would like to thank everyone who responded to our many public appeals for information in the days after this horrific crime.

“My thoughts and the thoughts of everyone on my team remain with Clair’s family.”

John Jessop will be sentenced at a later date.

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