Call for new knife laws

Stabbing murder victim Michelle Suttle
Stabbing murder victim Michelle Suttle

THE father of Michelle Suttle is calling for police to have stronger powers against knife attacks on the anniversary of her death.

Raymond Suttle who lives in Fartown said the police should be granted more powers to stop people carrying knives after his daughter was stabbed several times by her partner Gavin Sartain at their Huddersfield home.

Sartain pleaded guilty to murdering the former Rastrick High School student, aged 23, in a drink-fuelled rage at their home in Baker Street, Oakes, Huddersfield, in the early hours of June 9.

He had stabbed her 39 times.

Sartain was sentenced to life imprisonment last October and must serve a minimum term of 12 years before being considered for parole.

“To me the police should be granted more powers to stop people carrying knives and all that, even though it happened in his house.

“It was because it was carried out in his own home, that it wasn’t classed as premeditated,” said Mr Suttle.

“During the court case he (Sartain) made no statements and I presume the police don’t know what went on that night because he refused to give any kind of statement to them. But at least he admitted it.”

Mr Suttle has said that Michelle known as Shelly to her friends would do anything for anyone and she loved her job at Elm Royd Care Home, Brighouse.

“It’s not been an easy 12 months. You still expect her to come through the door. It’s not like someone that has been ill or in an accident so it’s much harder to come to terms with it.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. It would have been her birthday in August as well so it’s been tough,” he said.

Michelle was the youngest of five brothers, Ashley, Sean, Craig, Graeme and half-brother Shane and sister Kirsty. Her mum Barbara lives at Gargrave Close, Rastrick.

More than 150 family members and friends attended her funeral at Huddersfield Crematorium.