Thursday, 8 November 2012
Wife jailed for stabbing husband to death with pair of scissors because he refused to tidy home
A woman has been jailed for nine years for killing her fourth husband after fatally wounding him with a pair of scissors when he ignored her command to tidy the house.
The jury of six men and six women found Clinch guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and not guilty of Mr Clinch’s murder.
The 49-year-old was said to have flown into a rage after her 'quiet' husband did not immediately stop tending to the garden and return inside their cottage in the village of Darite, Liskeard, in Cornwall to tidy up.
The couple were expecting guests for Sunday lunch and Clinch had asked her husband for help, but he had apparently told her to 'shut up'
Truro Crown Court heard the fatal wound was caused by dress-making scissors, which were embedded up to 4in (12cm) into Mr Clinch’s chest, having first pierced two layers of clothing before puncturing his heart and a lung.
The mother-of-five told police she had thrown the scissors at her husband, but later changed her account, saying he had walked into the line of fire.
Finally, she told the jury she was unable to recall whether or not she let the scissors go from her hand.