JOHN Garner’s actions has had devastating consequences on Teresa Garner’s family, splitting them up with two of her young children now in foster care.

That became clear when a victim personal statement from her 11-year-old son, Rhys Garner, was read out at Mold Crown Court.

While Rhys and his younger brother, Lewis, 10, have been placed in foster care, step-sister Kim Garner, 17, has moved in with her natural father, Stuart Jones.

“We miss our mum every day, she was a lovely mum,” said Rhys.

“When we left for college that day we had no idea that we would not see her ever again.

“John Garner has taken our mum away in a horrible way and we hate him for that. We can’t stop thinking about what happened, we are so angry with him. If we had one wish it would be to have her back with us. We miss her so much.

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John Garner was sentenced to 22 years in prison for murdering Teresa Garner

“It has been very upsetting for all of us getting split up. Our lives will never be the same again because we have to live them without our mum.”

After the trial Teresa’s daughter, Kim Garner, poignantly held a framed photograph of her mother as Rhys’ statement was read out. She broke down as she was comforted and led away from the court by her father.

Investigating officer, Det Insp Chris Bell, said: “We extend our sympathy to Kim, Rhys and Lewis for the way they have conducted themselves though this investigation.

“I cannot imagine how hard it has been for them to try and come to terms with the loss of their much-loved mother at the hands of someone they should have been able to trust and rely on.

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After the sentencing at Mold Crown Court, Stuart Jones with Teresa Garner's daughter Kim Garner, and Detective Constable Kelly Lewis and Detective Inspector Chris Bell

“Their lives have been turned upside down. They have not only lost their mother, but they have lost their home which has resulted in them being separated.

“Hopefully today’s sentence will allow them to move on. John Garner tried to convince the court he was not guilty of Teresa’s murder by using the defence of diminished responsibility.

“But the jury quite rightly found him guilty of the brutal murder.”

And the detective added: “It is not acceptable that two women a week die at the hands of partners or ex-partners. North Wales Police will do everything they can to bring offenders to justice.

“If you find yourself in a domestic relationship which is abusive I urge you to go and seek support.”