Family trying to come to terms with their loss

THE family of murder victim Jennie Leeman-Hawley have paid a moving tribute to her.

Mrs Leeman-Hawley, a 44-year-old mother of four, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the grounds of her home at Parracombe on September 18.

Her husband, David Thomas Leeman, aged 59, has been charged with her murder. He is due to make a further appearance at Exeter Crown Court next week for a preliminary hearing.

A statement issued today (Wednesday) by Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The family are mourning the sad loss of their mother, daughter and sister who has been taken from them in such a devastating way.

“Jennie was a beautiful, loving and caring person who would do anything for anyone and was extremely well thought of in the local area.”

A close family friend said: “Jennie was one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of knowing and always had a smile on her face.

“She will be sadly missed by everyone who has been lucky enough to have known her.”

The statement said the family would appreciate being left in privacy while they come to terms and mourn their sad loss.