THE family of murdered Winsford hairdresser Wendy Sullivan have spoken of their relief after her killer was jailed for life on Monday.
A Greek jury took just one day to find Denis Pavlenko guilty of the murder of Wendy, who was killed while on holiday in Rhodes last September.
Her battered body was found in a forest on the holiday isle and the 23-year-old Ukrainian, who lives on the island, was arrested within a week of her killing.
Pavlenko, a waiter, implicated an accomplice, Roman Maximov, a 21-year- old construction worker from Moldova, who has so far evaded capture.
Pavlenko admitted his part in the murder at the trial in Athens.
He was also convicted of the attempted rape of a London woman and was jailed for an extra eight years.
Wendy's sister, Jenny Steyn, 31, said: 'It's a relief that justice has been served.
'At the end of the day there is no joy in this for any of us. We are just pleased that the Greek court has looked on it as a serious case and given him what he deserved.
'It means that he can't do this again. We have been told that in Greece, life means life.'
Jenny, who lives in the south of England, was due to fly out to Athens for the trial. But she was told it would not start until Tuesday, and due to the sheer speed with which the Greek judicial system dealt with the murderer, she was unable to get there in time.
She said with Pavlenko's conviction, the family could finally move on and get on with the rest of their lives.
'I understand police have issued an international warrant for the capture of Maximov and hopefully with a conviction behind it there will be some news,' she said.
Wendy, 25, lived in Lime Grove Wharton, with her parents.
' WENDY Sullivan's half naked, battered body was discovered in secluded woodland by another British holidaymaker in Rhodes last September.
Her killer, Denis Pavlenko, 23, and his Moldovan friend Roman Maximov, 21, both lived and worked on the island. Greek police believe Maximov fled to his homeland on the day of the murder and have issued an international warrant for his arrest.
Wendy's body was found in Kallithea, about 280 miles south east of Athens.
After police found bloody shoes and clothes in his apartment, Pavlenko admitted that he and Maximov stole a friend's car to take Wendy to the forest.
Wendy, of Lime Grove, Wharton, was on holiday with her old school friend Zoe Beresford when she was attacked.
The evening before the murder, the pair had gone for a night out in the resort of Faliraki but separated in the early hours.
Miss Sullivan was seen going into an apartment nearby and soon afterwards was seen getting into a car with two men.
A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple injuries and suffocation.
Police said she was the victim of a frenzied attack.
There was an attempt to rape her, but she resisted and was strangled and beaten about the head.
Detective Inspector Eddie Smith, who has been leading the investigation for Cheshire Constabulary, said: 'We are pleased that Pavlenko at least had the decency to plead guilty.
'We would like now for the other man to be arrested and brought to justice, then the Sullivan family can get on with their lives.'