A TACKLE shop owner has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum jail term of 22 years for the brutal murder of his ex partner and co shop owner.

Gerry Palmer of Battle, East Sussex, ran the tackle shop at Wylands Angling Centre and co-owned another shop in nearby Sidley with the victim Carrie Izzard with whom he had previously been in a relationship.

On Sunday, March 20, 48-year-old Carrie spoke on the phone to her mother explaining that she had ended her relationship with Gerald Palmer, known as Gerry, some days earlier.

He had moved out of her home and she was now feeling optimistic about her future. Carrie ended the call to her mother at around 11am, stating that she thought Gerry was at the door and that she would phone her back.

Palmer upset by his break up with Carrie had left Wylands Angling Centre in Battle and drove to Carrie’s home in West End, Herstmonceux.

Attacked with a knife

When she answered the door, the 50-year-old attacked her in the hallway with a knife, stabbing her 29 times.

Leaving her to die from her injuries, he cleaned himself up and leaving the knife in the bathroom sink, took Carrie’s shop takings and her house key before returning to Wylands.

Carrie Izzard

Carrie Izzard

Carrie’s family called the Police when she failed to respond to them. Officers attended and found Carrie’s body slumped against a door inside the house.

They told officers about Carrie’s relationship with Palmer and they believed he had visited shortly after her mother last spoke to her.

Palmer was soon found at Wylands Angling Centre where he was also renting a chalet.

He had knife wounds to his neck and abdomen, and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

His self-inflicted wounds were superficial and he was taken into police custody later that evening.

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