The family of Knighton woman Hollie Kerrell has paid tribute to their "remarkable" daughter after her husband Christopher Kerrell was sentenced to life in prison for her murder at Merthyr Crown Court today, November 2.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, November 2, Christopher Llewellyn Kerrell, 35, was told he would serve a minimum jail term of 25 years.

Speaking via a statement released after the sentencing hearing today Hollie’s mother, Claire Heeley, said she will "never get over" the tragic loss of her daughter.

"My daughter was a remarkable young woman. Family was at the heart of everything she did," she said.

"She had a beautiful outlook on life - she played with her children, had picnics in the garden with them, and used her wonderful imagination to create magical worlds for them. She taught them kindness, instilled manners in them and made sure they believed in fairies.

"Everyone who met Hollie talks about her smile. She was warm, kind and funny, and even when she was having a bad day always had time for other people."

She also paid tribute to the "many people" who offered support in the days after Hollie's murder, and also to the work of Dyfed-Powys Police in bringing her killer to justice.

"The past six months have flown by in a whirlwind, yet I have felt the loss of Hollie every single minute and I will continue to do so.

"There will never be an end for me, there will never be closure and I will never get over it. Justice may have been done today, but nothing will bring Hollie back to me.

"I would like to thank the many people who have shown our family kindness and support - please know that although you may think it is a small thing you have done, it has meant the world to me.

"I would like to end by saying a huge thank you to Dyfed-Powys Police for their untiring work over the past six months. Hollie and I have been treated with respect and humanity. A special thank you goes out to the Family Liaison Officers assigned to me - Katie Wheeldon and Alison Fletcher - your support and empathy guided us through the darkest time.”

Dyfed Powys Police Senior Investigating Officer, Superintendent Anthony Griffiths, paid tribute to the "tireless" work of officers involved in the case.

"Hollie was a much loved mother, daughter and sister, who was cruelly taken away from her family. She will never see her three children grow up and nothing can ever make up for that.

"The sentence handed down today reflects the weight of Christopher Kerrell’s crime, including his deceit in trying to hide his actions from everyone - including Hollie’s family.

"Dyfed-Powys Police has worked tirelessly over the past six months to secure justice for Hollie and I thank everyone who has played a role in achieving this result. I am glad for her family that the court case is now over, but they will never get over their loss."