AN evil husband has admitted to murdering his 29-year-old wife by strangling her to death just six months after she gave birth to their daughter.

Matthew Fisher, 29, has this morning pleaded guilty to killing Abi Fisher, whose body was found in undergrowth 12 miles from her home following a major police hunt.


Briefly appearing at Leeds Crown Court via video link, Fisher confirmed his name, date of birth and plea.

He will be sentenced on November 10, but Judge Tom Bayliss KC laid out what Fisher should expect.

Judge Bayliss said: "The sentence will be life imprisonment, come what may.

"It's necessary for the judge to set a minimum term.

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"There are certain matters that need to be considered before then."

Abi, a primary school teacher, vanished from Castleford, West Yorkshire, shortly before midnight on Friday, July 8.

Her family said she didn't tell anyone where she was going when she left that night.

Abi was reported missing the following day, and as the family called her disappearance "completely out of character" a major police search was launched.

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Tragically her body was discovered the following Monday in undergrowth near Brierley in South Yorkshire – more than 12 miles from her home.

Fisher was arrested and charged with her murder just days later.

The pair had married in 2017 and, after undergoing IVF, Abi gave birth to their baby daughter earlier this year.

The wee tot was only six months old when her mother died at the hands of her father.

An inquest opening into Abi's death heard the provisional cause of death was strangulation, though further investigations were underway.

At the time of her death, her family paid tribute to her, saying: "Our beautiful Abi. Words cannot describe how utterly devastated we are at the loss of you. We miss you dearly.

"We promise to make you proud every single day, and will continue to bring up your amazing little baby girl the way you would.

We are all devastated by Abi's tragic death.

“Heaven may have gained an angel but we have lost you and that for us seems like the most unjust act to happen.

“We as a family would like to thank every single person who showed enough heart and love to look for our precious angel. Words will never describe how much this means.

“For now our beautiful angel. We love you so much.”

Devastated friends also paid tribute to Abi, who taught Year 3 pupils at Featherstone All Saints CofE Academy.

Matthew Jones, head teacher at the academy, said: "She will be remembered as an enthusiastic, kind and caring teacher and colleague, who gave her all each day.

"In particular, her passion for science inspired countless children over the years – she made a real difference to so many lives.

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"We are all devastated by Abi's tragic death, and will continue to pray for her and her family.

"As a school we are supporting each other through this very difficult time."


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