A DAUGHTER hopes the life sentence for the murderer who bludgeoned her mother to death at a brothel will bring a degree of closure to her grieving family.
Zoe Eels, 28, learned yesterday Garry Harding will serve a minimum of 25 years for killing her mother Annie Eels, 55, a receptionist - formerly of Dunham on the Hill and Frodsham - and 23-year-old prostitute Samantha Tapper.
Harding had denied the charge but changed his plea on the first day of his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Mrs Eels and Miss Tapper were found with head injuries at the Shrewsbury massage parlour on July 2, 2006, after being attacked with a hammer.
Mrs Eels had received at least 16 blows to her head and face. Miss Tapper had suffered 14 blows.
Former Helsby High School pupil Zoe said: 'I'm just glad justice has been done. It means both families can move on. I have no feelings towards the man at all. He sat and showed no emotion.'
Zoe said the change of plea came as a relief to her because sitting through the trial would have been an ordeal for the family.
'He must have seen the amount of evidence which was presented first thing in the morning. I'm pleased he pleaded guilty because it means we can start to put a closure to everything and finally let mum rest in peace.
'We will never come to terms with the fact she's still not here. It's hard living without her, but you have to move on sometimes.'
Annie's elderly mother Betty lives in Talbot Road, Dunham on the Hill, where the victim was raised, and where her children Zoe and Lea were brought up.
Zoe lives with her father Chris at Llansantffraid, Powys, along with her three children, her brother Lea and his young son Lee. She said the family were supporting each other through this difficult time.
'You couldn't have wished for a better mother. We were best friends as well. It's been hard on everyone to find out what happened. It's affected my dad, myself, my brother as well as the grandchildren and my partner Andrew.'
Zoe, whose other grandmother Patricia Eels lives in Thirlmere Close, Frodsham, said her mum and dad had celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary shortly before her death.
The court heard Harding, of Welsh-pool, Powys, who had used prostitutes at the massage parlour, had gambling debts of up to £16,000 and had hoped he would find at least £2,000 at the parlour but came away with about £330.