A MAN has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder of Mayurathy Perinpamoorthy in Yeovil.

On Tuesday August 6, 2013, police were called to a property in Tudor Court and found the body of Mayurathy in a ground-floor flat.

A forensic post mortem found she had died from multiple stab wounds to her neck.

Gobinath Vellasamy was arrested in Tudor Court shortly after police responded to the incident and was taken into custody.

He was subsequently charged with murder and last Monday his trial began at Exeter Crown Court.

A jury unanimously found him guilty of murder this week and he was given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

The investigation was led by Detective Inspector Tim Corner from the Major Crime Investigation Team.

Speaking after the conviction, DI Corner said: “Mayurathy Perinpamoorthy was killed in a brutal attack last year.

"She had settled in Yeovil having moved here from Sri Lanka and she had her whole life ahead of her.

"Her death was the subject of a detailed investigation which has resulted in today’s conviction of Gobinath Vellasamy for her murder.

“Fortunately incidents such as this remain extremely rare in Yeovil and this makes this tragic incident all the more shocking.

"People should feel confident that Yeovil remains a safe town in which to live, work and socialise.”