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Family pay tribute to woman killed by her neighbour in Beeston

The family of Ruth Hufton who was killed by her neighbour at her Beeston home have released a statement after a trial convicted and jailed her attacker.

Anthony Green, 51, of County Close in Beeston  was sentenced yesterday (Thursday, 13 June) to 12 years in prison.

Ms Hufton’s family said in a joint statement:

“Ruth was a beautiful, intelligent, strong-willed, determined and gifted person whose life was cruelly taken from her.

“She was a huge music fan who loved Madonna and U2. She was very talented herself and could speak multiple languages, having once worked in the Army as a linguist in the Royal Signals. She could also communicate in sign-language.

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“To hear the words she had died in such awful circumstances was truly devastating and changed all our lives forever. Knowing we will never see her again is unbearable.

“No sentence passed today can make up for the pain we are feeling as a family. She will be deeply missed and will forever be in our hearts.

“As the court heard today, Ruth had been a happy woman whose life took a downward turn. Had it not been for Green’s actions, we are certain she would have turned her life around and fulfilled the enormous potential she had. She had so much more to give this world.

“Green’s callous and malicious actions in taking Ruth’s life and leaving her for several days – as well as stealing her possessions – makes him beyond redemption.

“Finally, we would like to thank Nottinghamshire Police for working tirelessly to find Ruth’s killer and to put him before the courts.

•  Beeston: Woman’s neighbour jailed for 12 years for her manslaughter

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