Who was Cheryl Hooper and what happened to her? | The Sun

CHERYL HOOPER was cruelly killed in front of her teenage daughter in 2018.

On the night of her death the mother, who was just 51 years old at the time, was confronted by her estranged husband Andrew Cooper as she sat in her Land Rover outside her home.

Who was Cheryl Hooper?

Cheryl Hooper was the estranged wife of farmer Andrew Hooper.

She had a daughter, called Georgia Gabriel-Hooper, who was just 14 years old when her mother died.

In 2018, Georgia was living with her mother.

Cheryl had moved out of Hooper's 400-acre farm in Guild Lane, near Newport, Shropshire, after ending their marriage.


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What happened to Cheryl Hooper?

On the night of January 26, 2018, Cheryl spent an evening with friends before returning to the home she shared with her daughter.

She was sitting outside her home in her Land Rover when her estranged husband Andrew, known as Jack to his friends, turned up at her home brandishing a shotgun.

The former couple had an altercation earlier in the evening outside a pub in Wolverhampton, in which Andrew had exchanged words with a man in her group.

It is believed that Andrew had suspected Cheryl was having an affair and had fitted a tracker to her vehicle without her knowledge.

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In the years since her death, Cheryl's daughter Georgia has recounted how her mother screamed "Oh my god, he's here", shortly before she was shot.

Hooper proceeded to smash Cheryl's car window open with his gun and fired two shots at her, one of which pierced her neck.

Georgia, who had travelled home in the car with her mum, could be heard screaming to neighbours "he's shot my mum".

Hooper fled the scene and later claimed he had only come over with the intent of frightening Cheryl into leaving the other man he believed she had started a relationship with.

He later turned the gun on himself in a botched suicide attempt which caused him serious facial damage.

As a result of the incident, he was left with significant, life changing injuries and was unable to speak at his trial, instead typing out his answers on a keypad in the court.

Footage of him admitting to the murder by using a board to communicate was featured in the 2023 ITVX documentary A Murder In The Family.

In 2019 he was sentenced to life imprisonment with the judge stating he would serve no less than 31 years.

Judge Mark Wall QC told him: "The sentence that I must pass on you is one that you richly deserve – life imprisonment.

"This was not a spur-of-the-moment killing, it was one that you had planned in the hours leading up to it. I am sure it was your intention to kill."

He added that Hooper had not expressed any remorse or regret after leaving a "horrific aftermath" when he fled the scene.

During Andrew's trial, jurors heard how the couple had been married for 18 months when Cheryl moved out because of Hooper's "controlling" behaviour.

She sent a string of chilling texts to a friend just months before her death, saying she was terrified of her husband.

One read: "Fearing your loved one is not right," while another said: "I feel fear when I go in the farmhouse.

"It was my home and now I feel scared of it."

Did Cheryl Hooper have any children?

Cheryl had one daughter who, at the time of her mother's murder, was 14 years old.

Georgia had to give evidence in court during the trial after witnessing her mother's murder on the doorstep of their own house.

She told how her stepdad had a "look of hatred" in his eyes before the brutal killing.

After Cooper was found guilty, she paid tribute to her mum and "best friend".

She said in a statement: "On 26 January 2018 my life got turned upside down.

"I never imagined my life without my mum. Mum and I were inseparable, we were a team and we did everything together.

"Mum was funny, beautiful and my best friend, the thought of her not being with me to share my life makes me very sad.

"I relied on her for everything – she was my world and I was hers. I love you mum."

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Four years after Cheryl's death, Georgia – then 18 – shared her story with people on social media platforms to offer help to anyone dealing with domestic abuse.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, can be contacted on 0808 2000 247.

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