Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on 2nd May 2021, I have remembered 76 women, the last being Jackie Abbot, who was murdered by her husband Paul Abbott in December 2015.
Today I remember fifty-one-year-old Carolyn Hill, who lived in a caravan located at Waterside Holiday Park in St Lawrence Bay, located around fifteen miles east of Chelmsford, close to the Dengle National Nature Reserve in Essex.
Carolyn died in 2017 after being hit in the face by her partner Skye Page – she later suffered a brain haemorrhage.
Page was not charged with murder but pleaded guilty to her manslaughter at Chelmsford Crown Court some four months later with the Judge Patricia Lynch QC telling Page “that he should be “ashamed and disgusted”.
She continued, “You are clearly a man who thinks it’s alright to hit a woman. You took the life of a much-loved, beautiful mother – it was not just a punch, it was a repeated punch.”
The court heard the pair had been in a relationship for three years, and that Page had previous convictions for assault. On 15 April, neighbours at the caravan park heard loud bangs, and Ms Hill was later seen looking like she had been given “a good hiding”. She was last seen alive at 09:30 BST on 16 April, and was found dead on the floor of the caravan the following day after Page called 999.
Essex Police described Ms Hill’s death as “totally needless – Skye Page subjected Carolyn Hill to an assault while fuelled with alcohol,” said Det Ch Insp Steve Jennings. “It is galling that he was comfortable using violence against someone with who he’d been in a long-term relationship with.”