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Colston Bassett Murder: Man pleads guilty to murder of Rushcliffe mum-of-three

A man has admitted killing a woman at her home in Rushcliffe.

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

Detectives immediately launched a murder inquiry and later arrested and charged a suspect.

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.

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He will be sentenced at a later date.

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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.”

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