Andrew Hooper (pictured) is set to be sentenced this afternoon for murdering his estranged wife
The farmer who murdered his estranged wife then turned the shotgun on himself outside her home has been jailed for 31 years.
Andrew Hooper, who survived but lost the ability to speak, showed no emotion as he was unanimously convicted of murder at Birmingham Crown Court.
The 46-year-old suffered severe facial injuries after attacking Cheryl Hooper in Newport, Shropshire, in January last year.
Hooper, known as Jack, had ‘murder in his eyes’ when he deliberately shot his 51-year-old wife prosecutors said.
He deliberately shot her in the neck from about 1.5 metres away because he was ‘consumed with anger and jealousy’ after she left him at the end of 2017.
Following the verdict, it emerged that Hooper was given a suspended sentence in 2004 after breaking into his first wife’s home and threatening to kill her.
Cheryl Hooper (pictured with her daughter, Georgia) was murdered by Hooper, who then shot himself but survived
Pictured: Police at the scene of the murder after Cheryl Hooper died in a shotgun attack outside her own home
Georgia Hooper’s full impact statement:
‘On January 26 2018 my life got turned upside down.
‘I never imagined my life without my mum. Mum and I were inseparable, we were a team and we did everything together.
‘Mum was funny, beautiful and my best friend, the thought of her not being with me to share my life makes me very sad.
‘I relied on her for everything – she was my world and I was hers.’
Prosecutor David Mason QC told the court: ‘This defendant, after they had separated, broke into her house one night armed with a knife and surgical gloves, and threatened to kill her and her new partner.
‘That’s the only conviction he has. He was prosecuted for aggravated burglary but in fact pleaded guilty to an affray and received a suspended sentence.’
Mrs Hooper’s daughter Georgia, who was 14 at the time and witnessed the shooting, read a victim impact statement to the court, saying that her ‘whole life has gone’.
After the statement, Judge Mark Wall QC told the teenager: ‘The way in which you have conducted yourself throughout this trial – which must have been extremely difficult for you – has been admirable and awe-inspiring.
‘Your mother would, I have no doubt, been immensely proud of the way you have dealt with a tragic and difficult process.’
Police are pictured at the home of Cheryl Hooper after her husband murdered her outside the house with a shotgun