A HIGH Court judge commended members of Derbyshire Constabulary for their investigation into the murder of Lee Hendry in Clowne.
Eleven team members who were involved in the inquiry were commended and six received their awards at a ceremony at police headquarters in Ripley last Thursday, August 23.
Det Chief Insp Gary Cathcart, Det Insp Andrew Jones, Det Con John Kelly, retired Det Con John Flint, crime scene manager Sarah Allen and major crime unit investigator Kathryn Way accepted the judge’s commendations from the High Sheriff of Derbyshire Alan Woods during the ceremony.
Their investigation was launched in September 2011 after 32-year-old Alexander Burnett, of Westlea View, Clowne, killed a woman at his home. The couple had known each other more than ten years and met again through a social networking site.
Burnett handed himself in and officers found the 52-year-old mum-of-three’s body at his home after she had been stabbed through the neck.
The defendant alleged it had been an accident but he was found guilty of murder in May at Nottingham Crown Court and was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 22 years.
Also during the Derbyshire awards ceremony, Special Con Calvin Karpenko received a Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificate for saving the life of a woman suffering a heart attack.
Special Con Karpenko had finished a shift in Chesterfield, in November 2011, when he spotted the woman on the ground and carried out CPR. The woman has since made a full recovery.
Constables Aaron Vernon and Drew Bellamy also received the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Parchment after saving a woman from a freezing river in January.