Crime & Policing

Daniel David Edwards found guilty of farm murder

East Yorkshire: Fiona Southwell murder trial – Hull Crown Court

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Friday 15 July 2016 police were called shortly before 7pm reporting the discovery of 59-year-old Fiona Southwell dead in an out building at Grange Farm, Goxhill Lane, Seaton.

The investigation quickly established she had been murdered.

22-year-old Daniel David Edwards of King Street, Hornsea was arrested on suspicion of the murder and subsequently charged.

The trial at Hull Crown Court has concluded today (Wednesday 1 February) and having heard the evidence a jury has found Daniel David Edwards guilty of murder

He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 24 years.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill said: “This was a dreadful attack on a defenceless lady by a 6ft tall, 21-year-old man who had armed himself with a kitchen knife. A cowardly act by any measure and Fiona Southwell never stood a chance. She was killed in a sustained and extremely violent attack. Daniel Edwards chose to plead not guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence against him, but was found guilty by the jury and will serve a life sentence in prison where he belongs.

“My thoughts are with the family of Fiona and I offer them my sincere condolences for their loss. They have shown dignity throughout this devastating time in a way I am sure she would be very proud of. Fiona was a gifted artist and devoted her life to her love of horses and will be remembered as a hardworking, talented and passionate equestrian.

“I would like to thank the people of Hornsea who supported the murder investigation throughout. It was this support and traditional detective work that led to the identification of Edwards as a suspect. I hope now his conviction will give Fiona’s family and the community some sense of justice.”

Fiona Southwell’s family have also released a statement on the completion of the trial:

“We would like to thank our family and friends for their kindness and support we would also like to thank the Humberside Police for their dedication to their duty and for their compassion shown to ourselves.

Fiona Southwell


“We now ask that the privacy of our family is respected in order that we can grieve our tragic loss.

“We will miss Fiona for the rest of our lives. She was a gifted horsewoman, artist and poet. Her family and friends loved her and now all we have are our memories. Fiona put her horses before herself, she was kind, hardworking and totally honest. She would never hurt a fly. We would like anyone that knew Fiona to remember her where she was happiest, with her horses.”

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