NHS worker hacked to death by machete-wielding ex in front of neighbours

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An NHS worker was murdered in the street when her estranged husband chased her down and stabbed her repeatedly with a machete.

Mum-of-three Victoria Woodhall, 31, was dragged out of her home in Windsor Crescent, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and hacked to death by brutal ex, Craig Woodhall.

The violent murder happened in front of horrified neighbours on March 29 – who tried desperately to save Ms Woodhall.

Sheffield Crown Court heard graphic details about the death on Friday as 41-year-old Mr Woodhall attended to face murder charges – to which he pleaded guilty, Yorkshire Live reports.

Ms Woodhall suffered injuries "so extreme she was left with multiple skull fractures as well as injuries to her head, face, neck, arms, hands, shoulders and back".

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Ben Wood said: “Victoria was subjected to a brutal and sustained attack, and there were several people in the immediate vicinity who witnessed this horrifying murder.

“Our officers began to arrive shortly after the emergency calls, along with paramedics and an air ambulance.

“Despite the best efforts of both our officers and medical staff, Victoria’s injuries were so severe she was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“Woodhall fled prior to police arrival and at 5.50pm, two officers were driving down Wombwell Lane in Barnsley when a car flashed its headlights at them.

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“Woodhall got out of the car and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.”

A post-mortem found that Ms Woodhall died due to multiple “incised” wounds.

Detective Inspector Wood gave more details of the crime scene.

He reported: “Victoria’s injuries were significant and extensive – she was stabbed with a Gurkha-style machete knife, which our officers recovered from the scene.

“The violence she suffered was so extreme that she had multiple skull fractures, as well as significant injuries to her head, face, neck, arms, hands, shoulders and back.

“CCTV footage recovered as part of our inquiry showed that he dragged Victoria to the ground and stabbed her several times before walking away. He returned a further two times, inflicting more violence.

“While I am pleased that Woodhall has accepted responsibility for his crime, this will do little to comfort Victoria’s family and loved ones. I send my deepest condolences to them as they come to terms with their loss.”

He went on to highlight the distress the incident caused witnesses – who had been given support from Victim Care.

Following his guilty plea, Mr Woodhall is being remanded in custody until he will be sentenced on October 2.

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