A man who stabbed his partner to death in a North Shields barber shop has today been given a life sentence.
Robert Tiffin stabbed Lisa Banks 11 times to her neck and head in the attack last September in the Sole-O barber shop on Nile Street in North Shields.
And at Newcastle Crown Court today he has given a life sentence, with a minimum of 24 years in prison.
A statement issued on behalf of Lisa Banks’ family said: “Lisa was a vibrant and bubbly woman. She was always smiling, full of fun and really loved life.
“She was always so happy, and we used to say that if you met Lisa then she would brighten your day as her smile was so infectious.
“Lisa had been a barber all her life and she really loved her job. She loved meeting new people and chatting to them and getting to know them, she was a real people person.
“She was a mother, a daughter, a sister and if she was still with us now she would have been a grandmother. “It’s heartbreaking to think that she never got to see her first grandchild but we will make sure they know what an amazing person their grandmother was and that her memory is never forgotten.
“She leaves behind so many happy and lovely memories and we as a family would like to thank the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, victim support and everyone involved with the case for their assistance in helping us receive justice.”
DCI Christina Barrett said: “Lisa Banks was murdered by her ex partner Robert Tiffin in North Shields on Saturday, September 7, 2013.
“Tiffin is an extremely dangerous individual and his actions in murdering Lisa and leaving her body are those of a callous and evil man.
“Thankfully he is now off the streets and will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.
“It’s been a very traumatic time for Lisa’s family and friends and I can’t thank them enough for their help and co-operation throughout the investigation.
“It’s testament to the courage they have shown during the last four months that we are here today to see Tiffin imprisoned for what he did to Lisa.
“I hope that his sentencing can go some way in helping the family move on and bring them some peace.”