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Life for stalker who murdered stablegirl Jess.

An obsessed loner who battered a stablegirl to death was jailed for life yesterday.

Farm worker Stephen Webber showered Jessie Hurlstone with gifts but began stalking the 27- year-old when she spurned his advances.

He broke into her caravan and killed her with an iron bar after discovering she was seeing another man.

Unmarried Webber, 39, of Dartbridge, near Buckfastleigh, Devon, was found guilty of murder.

Jailing him at Exeter Crown Court, Mr Justice Rougier said: "However she treated you was no excuse for this revenge."

Horse-mad Jessie worked for top trainer Richard Frost and lived at his stables.

His jockey son Jimmy, winner of the 1989 Grand National, told Jessie to report the stalking to police. But she said: "I don't think he'll hurt me."

Jessie's stepdad Terry, 58, and boss Richard are naming a race in her memory.
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Author:Young, Sydney
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 19, 1996
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