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Violence, Drugs and Prostitution: The Murder of Kirsty Grabham (2012)

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A heartbroken mother whose daughter Kirsty Grabham was killed by a violent partner says the man responsible now has the blood of her other girl on his hands. Distraught Catherine Bloomfield has revealed how she is suffering double heartache after daughter Hayley Wilkinson drank herself to death after losing her little sister Kirsty Grabham.

Miss Grabham was murdered by her husband Paul in 2008 and Catherine, 58, from Bridgend, has told how her 31-year-old daughter, who lived in Coventry, had been unable to cope with the pain of losing Kirsty.

She told Wales Online : “She started to drink to excess five years ago. She had just lost her little sister and she couldn’t cope. She loved life. She was always giggling, she didn’t have a bad bone in her body. Grabham has got the blood of both of my daughters on his hands. Hayley would never have drank to the extent that she did if her little sister had still been here.”

Catherine and her girls originally lived in Coventry, but moved to South Wales in 1998. Hayley later returned to Coventry. In 2009, Kirsty was murdered by Grabham in Swansea. The pair had married in 2007, just two months after meeting at a brothel where Kirsty was working. They had a stormy relationship and he killed her in the flat they shared before dumping her body in a suitcase near the M4 in Bridgend. Kirsty was found by a lorry driver less than a week later.

Grabham repeatedly denied the murder – forcing Catherine and Hayley to be put through the trauma of a murder trial. Catherine was even called as a witness, with Cornelly-born Grabham eventually being jailed for 19 years.


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