Ex-Army soldier husband, 40, charged with stabbing NHS nurse mum-of-three to death at home

AN ex-Army soldier husband has been charged with stabbing to death his health care worker wife in Barnsley.

Mum-of-three Victoria Woodhall, 31, who worked as an operating department practitioner at Rotherham General Hospital, died after she was attacked in Middlecliffe just before 5pm on Sunday.

 The mum-of-three was fatally knifed on Sunday afternoon

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The mum-of-three was fatally knifed on Sunday afternoon
 The victim, 31, was found dead at the house in the village

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The victim, 31, was found dead at the house in the villageCredit: Ben Lack/YappApp
 Forensics at the house where the 31-year-old mum-of-three was found dead

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Forensics at the house where the 31-year-old mum-of-three was found deadCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

On Tuesday morning, Craig Woodhall, 40, was charged with murder and remanded in custody.

South Yorkshire Police were called to an address in Middlecliffe at 5pm on Sunday over “concerns for someone’s safety”.

When they arrived, the 31-year-old victim was found with stab wounds.

An air ambulance was spotted landing in a nearby field and paramedics rushed to the property but Victoria was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gareth Cowley, 33, her ex-husband, said their daughter was due to celebrate her 13th birthday today with Victoria.

He said: “My daughter is in absolute bits.

“She was an amazing and loving mum to our daughter. I always had the utmost respect for her.”

Tributes have been paid to Victoria and a GoFundMe page has been set up by her friends, Donna Wetherall and Kelly Sims, to raise money towards funeral costs and to help her children.

Ms Wetherall and Ms Sims said Victoria was “always helping others” and “lived for her children”.

They said: “Victoria worked really hard at university, qualifying to become an ODP at the Rotherham General Hospital.

“She will be deeply missed by friends, family and her children.

“She was lovely and caring, always helping others, lived for her children, and sadly she was taken away at a young age of 31.”

The page raised nearly £4,000 in 24 hours and the pair who set it up said: “Thank you to all that donated, we are overwhelmed by the response. Vicky would truly be amazed.”

At the scene of Victoria’s death, white-suited forensic officers wearing face masks could be seen at the property.

A card on a floral tribute attached to the fence outside read: “Taken from us. Always in our hearts and thoughts. A loving mummy, daughter and sister. xxxxx.”

 Victoria Woodhall was found dead on Sunday afternoon

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Victoria Woodhall was found dead on Sunday afternoon
 Police were called to the property at 5pm on Sunday

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Police were called to the property at 5pm on SundayCredit: Ben Lack/YappApp

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