A DETECTIVE says the jury saw through the lies of a killer.

Wayne Morris had claimed to be too drunk and "stoned" to remember murdering Ruth Brown in Bognor.

But Detective Inspector Mark O'Brien said: "Having admitted in court to killing Ruth, Morris made out that he could not remember his actions due to intoxication. The jury have clearly seen through this defence in returning their verdict of murder "

The detective described how the couple had been in a relationship for a number of year but lived at separate addresses.

They got into an argument and Morris launched a "violent and sustained attack" on Ruth, DI O'Brien said.

He said his thoughts are with the family of Ruth, who showed their resolve throughout the investigation and trial.

The detective also praised the work of the Crown Prosecution Service.

In particular barrister Philip Bennetts QC for his work on the case.

DI O'Brien said: "The violent actions of Morris have cut short the life of Ruth, devastating her family and friends. I sincerely hope that in time they can come to terms with what has happened.

"Wayne Morris will now spend many years of his life behind bars."

Morris, 47, of Larch Close, Bognor, was jailed for life, and must serve at least 17 years before he can be considered for parole.