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Lover hurled Ashley 80ft to her death from Isle of Dogs tower

PUBLISHED: 19:05 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 05 October 2010

Midship Point where Asley fell 80ft (left) and flowers placed at scene last summer

Midship Point where Asley fell 80ft (left) and flowers placed at scene last summer

Carmen Valino

A MAN who hurled his lover 80ft to her death from a tower block began the first day of a life stretch behind bars today. Terence Neale was sentenced at the Old Bailey for the murder of mother-of-three Ashley Reynolds

By Mike Brooke

A MAN who hurled his lover 80ft to her death from a tower block in East London began the first day of a life stretch behind bars today.

Terence Neale, 51, was sentenced at the Old Bailey yesterday (August 25) for the murder of mother-of-three Ashley Reynolds, his 23-year-old partner.

The couple had a row in their eighth-floor council flat at Midship Point on Millwall's Quarterdeck estate on the Isle of Dogs last summer when she was hurled over the balcony side in the middle of the night.

Neale was convicted following a retrial and must serve a minimum of 18 years.

TRAGIC

Det Ins Mick Foote said today: "This was a tragic and senseless killing of a young mother in the prime of her life who leaves behind three children.

"No-one has the right to physically harm another. But it is particularly shocking when that harm happens in a relationship when one should expect trust and love."

Police were called around 3am on July 6 last year from horrified neighbours who saw her body plunge to the ground at Midship Point.

Ashley died at the scene from multiple injuries. Neale was arrested the next day, but maintained he was asleep and claimed Ashley threw herself off the balcony while drunk.

The jury didn't buy it and convicted him of murder, to the relief of Ashley's family sitting in the public gallery at the Old Bailey who had to sit through two trials.


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