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Amy Leigh Barnes in Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England concerns the killing of an actress and model, Amy Leigh Hannah Barnes (21 October 1989 - 8 November 2008) who was found stabbed to death on November 8, 2008 in her home in Farnworth, Bolton.[1] Before her death, Barnes had modelled for magazines such as Playboy, Cosmopolitan and Nuts, also appearing on the TV-drama series Hollyoaks.[2]

Ricardo Morrison, (14 December 1986),[3][4][5] a black aspiring amateur footballer and former boyfriend of Barnes, was remanded to custody for the murder and was eventually convicted. His mother Melda Wilks (26 February 1959),[3] a policewoman serving with West Midlands Police, was also arrested in connection with the case,[6] but was later cleared of assisting an offender, even though she let him wash his bloodstained clothes at her home. [7]


Trial and Verdict

After an 11-day trial at Manchester Crown Court, Morrison was sentenced to 'life' in prison for the murder of Amy Barnes. He will serve a minimum of 24 years. [8][9]

Reaction from Amy's parents

In an interview with Sky News, Amy's mother stated that even if she had survived the attack, her wounds would have left her disfigured for life. She also reported that Amy's last words were "I want to die!"[10] Due to the severity of Amy's injuries, her father was convinced that Morrison was literally trying to destroy his daughter.[8]

Public Support for Amy Barnes

Many professional footballers and celebrities showed support for Barnes and her family by joining a Facebook group, which had 2,700 members.[11][12] Press and family have pointed out similarities between the Barnes murder and that of model Sally Anne Bowman in September 2005. Barnes became the 28th teen to be stabbed to death in 2008 in the UK.[13]


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