Rosie Darbyshire's boyfriend Ben Topping pleads guilty to her murder

The partner of a popular Preston mum who was found in the street with catastrophic head injuries has admitted murdering her.

By Stef Hall
Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 12:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 1:29 pm
Rosie Darbyshire
Rosie Darbyshire

Rosie Darbyshire, 27, from Ribbleton, Preston, was found dead in Pope Lane, Ribbleton, close to the junction with Village Drive, in the early hours of February 7 after a "brutal and sustained attack".

Benjamin Topping, 25, of St George’s Road, Preston, admitted her murder during a hearing at Preston Crown Court today.

The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, is about to sentence him.

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A post mortem examination revealed Rosie had died as a result of serious head injuries.

Rosie, who grew up on Village Drive, Ribbleton, had worked as a sous-chef at the Masonic Hall just a few years ago.

She is survived by her little boy.

Her death shocked the community in Ribbleton.

Family and friends flooded social media paying tribute to Rosie, describing her as a 'beautiful lady' and 'such a nice girl'.

A fund-raiser, with a £4,000 target, was set up on crowdfunding website JustGiving by childhood friend Lauren Sharples to help with Rosie's funeral and caring for her son and beat its target.