Heartbroken family pay tribute to health-care worker stabbed to death before man found dead in suspected murder-suicide

THE devastated family of a "beautiful" mum-of-five stabbed to death in a suspected murder-suicide paid tribute to her before her funeral today.

Sherrie Teresa Milnes, 51, suffered multiple knife wounds and was strangled during the brutal killing in Weymouth, Dorset.

The health-care worker's killing on April 1 is believed to be linked to the death of a man whose body was found an hour later.

Steven Anthony Doughty, 54, was discovered hanged at home in Portland later that day, an inquest found.

The pair were known to each other, police have confirmed.

Ms Milnes was hailed by her grief-stricken family as an "amazing mother" , Dorset Echo reports.


Her family said: "She was the most amazing mother of five children, and a nanny to four grandchildren whom she adored.

"Sherrie’s lifelong career was as a health care assistant. She worked tirelessly in various care homes throughout Weymouth and Portland, most recently at Buxton House in Weymouth.

"Sherrie’s children have coped incredibly well in spite of the devastation that they have been put through.

"The way they have pulled together at this time is truly admirable. They are each a credit to themselves and to their beautiful mum."

She was the most amazing mother of five children, and a nanny to four grandchildren whom she adored

Ms Milnes's funeral was taking place at Weymouth Crematorium today.

Officers had been called on April 1 to reports that a woman was injured at an address in Weymouth, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem gave Ms Milnes's cause of death as multiple stab wounds and neck compression.

Cops later found Mr Doughty dead at an address in neighbouring Portland.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, with Dorset Police today saying enquiries are ongoing.

Dorset Police had contact with one of the individuals involved on the day before the incident and the case has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Neighbours were stunned when officers descended on a block of flats a short distance from the iconic seafront.

One resident, in her 30s, said: "The police were everywhere last night and came to my door to ask me questions.

"Whatever has happened, it’s absolutely tragic and my heart just goes out to her family and friends."

Locals described the dramatic moment when armed police smashed down the door in Portland to find the man inside.

One man, in his 80s, said he heard officers shouting "he's bleeding" before paramedics rushed in.

He added: "It was just like something you’d see on the TV – not what you expect on your own doorstep."

Speaking at the time, Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of both deaths, which are being treated as linked.

“The families of both the woman and the man are continuing to be kept updated and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

“I would like to renew my appeal for anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of either Ranelagh Road or Grove Road during the afternoon of Thursday 1 April 2021 to please contact us."

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