A former police detective has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years after admitting the murder of his partner, a policewoman whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.

Peter Foster hit Detective Constable Heather Cooper, 33, over the head with a baseball bat ten times before stabbing her in the throat after he snapped during a domestic row over a missing baby bag.

Miss Cooper was on maternity leave last October when she was murdered at the Haslemere, Surrey, home she shared with Foster and her two children. Her body was found in nearby Blackdown woods.

Foster had previously pleaded not guilty to murder. But the 36-year-old former detective constable changed his plea to guilty at Lewes Crown Court today.

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