Anthony Porter has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 17 and a half years to serve, after pleading guilty to the murder of Andraya Lyons (née Webb).
Firefighters attended the scene of a house fire in Drew Street, Swindon, shortly after 5.30am on Saturday 10 December 2016, where they discovered her body.
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Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter of the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team said: “This was a vicious attack on a mum-of-two in her own home.
“Andraya was savagely beaten by Anthony Porter who then set fire to the house.
“Porter is an extremely violent individual who has shown no remorse for his actions and as a result, Andraya’s children and family have been left without a mother, daughter, sister and aunty.
“This horrific crime has understandably also affected those living in the Rodbourne area, as well as the wider Swindon community; I would like to take this opportunity to thank those local people who have helped the police during this investigation to ensure the family of Andraya see justice done.
“I would also like to thank my staff and colleagues within the Crown Prosecution Service – who have worked tirelessly to bring this difficult investigation to a successful conclusion.
“Finally, I would like to say that our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Andraya at this difficult time.”
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