Tragedy of a mother of two murdered by the violent partner she was protecting

A mother-of-two tragically denied police protection from her abusive partner weeks before he brutally murdered her.

Michaela Hall, 49, tracked down drug addict Lee Kendall when he was released from prison for assaulting her at her home in Cornwall and her flat in Plymouth.

She refused to support his lawsuits and did not seek a restraining order that would have made it a crime for him to approach her.

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Kendall, who had attacked her before, stabbed her in the eye at her home near Truro weeks later.

A judge told Kendall, 43, it was a shame Ms Hall didn’t give a statement to police – which could have seen him jailed for a more serious offence.

Recorder David Shepherd told Plymouth Crown Court in May: ‘This court cannot force Miss Hall to leave the relationship. This court does not have the power to impose a restraining order on you to protect her in the future.

“I have no doubt that she needs your protection.



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“You say you love her but you hit her, you say you love her but you drag her on the floor by her hair.”

The comments were reported at the time by PlymouthLive.

Kendall, then of Wilton Street, Stoke, pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault against her partner on February 13 and March 7 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a police van and cargo room in Plymouth on March 8.

Kendall finally admitted to stalking her partner’s father between January 28 and January 31.

He was initially charged with two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm depending on the extent of the woman’s apparent injuries – but the Crown agreed to simple assault rather than go to trial without his evidence voluntary.

The judge, hearing that the defendant had already spent two months in jail, gave him a community order with unpaid work and probation supervision.



Lee Kendall
Lee Kendall

But Kendall murdered the popular Ms Hall at her home in Mount Hawke near Truro on May 31 last year.

He denied murder but was found guilty at a trial at Truro Crown Court last month. Kendall was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 21 years.

Kendall met Ms Hall while working as a relocation worker at a prison, the relationship ultimately costing her her job.

He regularly beat her, but due to Ms Hall’s lack of cooperation with the police, only two of the assaults resulted in convictions, the court heard.

Recorder Shepherd said when Kendall was sentenced for the second assaults in May: “You say you love her but you try to drive a wedge between her and her dad. The dad was just trying to protect her, and she needs to protection.

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Most of the violence turned out to be intimate partner violence, with a third of women globally aged 15-49 reporting having experienced physical or sexual violence in a relationship.

Statistics also show that on average two women in England and Wales are killed each week by a current or former male partner.

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“It is truly a pity that Miss Hall does not feel able to support these prosecutions and that the prosecution has been forced to accept charges far lower than they otherwise would have been.”

But Ms Hall remained devoted to him and determined to help him get his life back on track.

She worked as a charity fundraiser for the RNLI until her death.

As of 2018, Ms Hall was living in Charlotte Close, Mount Hawke, with her parents nearby in St Agnes and her sister in Portreath.

In October 2018, Ms Hall started working at Julian House, an organization that has helped people released from prison.

It was in December 2018 that she first met Kendall as Kendall spent time indoors.

Ms Hall was assigned as Kendall’s support worker and she picked him up from prison when he was released on March 19, 2019 and took him to see the probation service, the doctors and the Julian House hostel .

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