A picture of Stacey Clay. (Photo credits: Nottinghamshire Police)

The mother of murdered Stacey Clay has spoken out after her daughter was killed by her ex-partner.

Stacey was murdered on May 19, 2021, by Matthew Farmer – which had been her for 15 years – at her home in Andover Road, Bestwood.

Farmer, 42, was jailed for life on January 21, 2022; and will serve a minimum of 29 years after being found guilt of murdering the mother-of-four.

Farmer stabbed her 21 times, punched her face, and strangled her at her garden – she then died at the hospital two weeks later, BBC reported at the time.

Carol York, Stacey’s mother, said in a statement: “There are no words and those I have are not deserved by the monster that took her life.

“I do not want to waste any more time with him.

“However, sadly Stacey does not have a voice so I have tried to explain the best I can for the court and the jury to understand just what she meant to those that loved her.

“Stacey had so much to live for. She was searching for an easy life, being free to think for herself.

“She was never given that chance. She met someone that could manipulate and control her, a nasty man, but sadly she couldn’t see that.

“She loved her children, and she will miss their important years and events, birthdays, Christmas, proms, getting married, having children of their own and she will never be a granny.

She added: “Stacey couldn’t go to work, go out with friends, attend family gatherings, not allowed to lose weight even.

“He took it all away.

“Just like he took her life on that Wednesday morning knowing if he couldn’t have her then nobody will.”

The morning of the murder, officers received a call from Stacey’s neighbour after she was woken up to what she believed was the sound of dogs fighting,

Once officers arrived at the scene they ran to the back garden and tasered Farmer, who was found crouched over Stacey.

Detective Inspector Rebecca Hodgman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with Stacey’s family, friends and her children.

“Her family has had to deal with Farmer pleading not guilty and go through the pain of hearing everything that happened to their daughter and friend on that fateful day.

“I hope Farmer’s sentence and knowing he will spend at least the next 29 years behind bars will provide a degree of comfort to them and hopefully they can try to begin to rebuild their lives.”