Following the sentencing of Michael Cope today, the family of Linzi Ashton have released the following statement
Statement on behalf of Philomena McMahon, mother of Linzi Ashton
“We as a family are all extremely relieved that this terrible ordeal has finally come to an end. I am thankful we did not have to sit in court to hear details of how our beautiful Linzi suffered.
“We can now start to get closure on the most traumatic year in all our lives. We all miss Linzi terribly, nothing will ever replace her. She left behind two gorgeous girls who will always be reminded what a beautiful, wonderful, caring person she was.
“A big light went out in our lives the day she died, she wasn’t just my daughter she was my best friend. I miss her every moment of every day.
“I want to thank Greater Manchester Police for all they have done during the investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service, Victim Support and the Witness Care Service.