Dad of Rastrick girl stabbed 39 times calls for more powers to tackle knife crime

Michelle Suttle
Michelle Suttle

A heartbroken father whose daughter was stabbed to death is calling for stronger powers for police to tackle knife crime.

As he prepares to mark a year since Michelle Suttle from Rastrick was murdered, Raymond Suttle has urged the Home Office to give officers more power to stop people carrying knives.

Michelle, 23, was killed by her partner Gavin Sartain at their Huddersfield home.

He had stabbed her 39 times.

Sartain was sentenced to life imprisonment last October and must serve a minimum of 12 years before he can be considered for parole.

“To me, the police should all be granted more powers to stop people carrying knives and all that, even though it happened in his house,” said Mr Suttle.

“It was because it was carried out in his own home that it wasn’t classed as premeditated.

“During the court case he (Sartain) made no statements and I presume the police don’t know what went on that night because he refused to give any kind of statement to them. But at least he admitted it.”

He added: “It’s not been an easy 12 months.

“You still expect her to come through the door.

“It’s not like someone that has been ill or in an accident so it’s much harder to come to terms with.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.”