Tragic Sadie Hartley's children say they and their family have received 'some justice' as her killers were jailed today (August 17), but it will 'never be enough' and will never bring their 'perfect' mum back.
After being forced to sit through painful details of their mum's brutal 'assassination' on her doorstep as they were recounted to the jury during the seven-week trial of Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh, Harry and Charlotte Hartley bravely took to the steps of Preston Crown Court to pay tribute to the 60-year-old businesswoman.
Delivering a statement on behalf of Ms Hartley's family, Harry told of their devastation at losing the 'lovely, fun, trustworthy, intelligent, kind, loving woman' in such horrific circumstances.
"She is going to miss many things in life and was really looking forward to Charlotte and Rob’s forthcoming wedding and her future grandchildren," he said.
"She will miss our birthdays, Christmases and the many milestones we as a family will go through. Our lives will never be the same again.
"The investigation, trial and subsequent media coverage has taken an enormous toll on our family. The evidence produced in court has been extremely difficult to listen to.
Mr Hartley added: "We may have received some justice with the conviction and sentencing of Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh, but it will never be enough. It will never bring our mum back.
"We have had to go through a range of emotions and whilst to everyone else today it may appear as the end, for her family and friends, this will be never-ending."
Thirty-five-year-old Williams, of Treborth Road in Blacon, and Walsh, 56, of Hare Lane in Guilden Sutton, meticulously planned the cold-blooded murder of Ms Hartley over a 17-month period, with Walsh even chronicling their chilling plot in diaries.
Obsessed with Ms Hartley's partner Ian Johnston and seeing her as a love rival, Williams shot Ms Hartley with a stun gun at her home in Lancashire before stabbing her to death with a kitchen knife.
Williams was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years, while Walsh was sentenced to life and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years behind bars.
Sentencing the pair, Mr Justice Turner said it wasn't a crime of passion, but a ‘crime of obsession, arrogance and barbarity, a crime of pure evil’.
He described the murder as a ‘clinical assassination’ and the ‘well rehearsed and savage butchery of an innocent woman’.
Mr Johnston also spoke following the sentencing, tearfully condemning the 'brutal, evil and cowardly attack' of his partner.
Flanked by his daughter Hannah, he said: "There can be no forgiveness for such foul behaviour.
"I now need time to reflect, grieve for Sadie and hopefully find the means to rebuild my life."
Detective superintendent Paul Withers, from Lancashire Police, added: "The murder in her own home of Sadie Hartley can only be described as a premeditated, brutal and senseless act committed against a defenseless lady who was home alone at the time.
"Albeit Williams may have wielded the knife on Sadie, there can be no doubt that Katrina Walsh was also heavily involved in this dreadful, dreadful crime."