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Family vow as Leeds business rocked by ‘murder’

Police outside the house on Cherry Lea Court.

Police outside the house on Cherry Lea Court.

Distraught relatives of a woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband say the incident has “destroyed” them.

But loved ones of Pauline Butler insist the family furniture business that was run by her ex – murder accused John Butler –will carry on.

Ms Butler, 61, died from multiple stab wounds on Cherry Lea Court, Rawdon, on Monday.

Mr Butler, 62, of Larkfield Road, was remanded in custody after appearing at Leeds Crown Court yesterday charged with murder.

As reported yesterday, he is the director of long-established company Kettley’s Furniture in Yeadon.

Ms Butler was also named as a director on company records but did not have an active role.

Their niece, Nicola Davison, is involved in running the business with her brother, Andrew Collup, and the Butlers’ son David.

She said the business would be closed until Tuesday “as a mark of respect.”

She added: “This has totally destroyed us, it is absolutely terrible. But the last thing we want is for the business to go as well. We are trying our best.

“It has been an extremely difficult time and we are all distraught.”

Kettley’s has been in the family since 1979 and appeared on BBC Two show The Fixer in 2012.

The programme saw businesswoman Alex Polizzi attempting to help revive the firm’s fortunes.

Ms Davison said her aunt’s death had been a “complete shock”, adding: “She was a very nice lady, a fantastic grandmother and wouldn’t have done anyone any harm. We are all very close as a family and I think this will bring us even closer.”

 
 
 

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