Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Liskeard Mum Sentenced for Killing Husband in Row Over Tidying Up

sandra clinch
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

5:37am 12th November 2012
(Updated 5:37am 12th November 2012)

A Liskeard mum who stabbed her husband to death with a pair of scissors in a row over the tidying up has been jailed for nine years.

Sandra Clinch from Darite has been convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, by a majority verdict.sandra clinch

She had flown into a rage when he ignored her order to help get the house ready for guests and carried on tending the garden.

Truro Crown Court heard a pair of dress making scissors were embedded up to twelve centimetres into Alan Clinch's chest, piercing two layers of clothing.

The mum of five originally told police she had thrown them at her fourth husband, but later claimed he had walked into the line of fire.

The jury was told how the 49 year old regularly abused her children and her partner and had battled a personality disorder all her life.

Defence lawyers asked for that to be taken into account after the verdict was read out on Wednesday, adding that Mrs Clinch feels genuine loss and bereavement.

The judge told her: "He [Alan] was a meek, mild-mannered, gentle, caring man who took what you handed out. This time when your temper exploded you killed someone. Your husband. I have no doubt at that moment you intended to hurt him as you embedded the scissors in his heart."

Alan's brother Peter told Pirate FM he was: "An all round nice guy, always ready to help anybody. I've known him since he was born and I've never known him to blow his stack at anyone in all that time. He's someone who really didn't deserve to hook up with someone like that.

"I would have liked it [the sentence] to be longer, but you have to accept the decision of the court. It's not going to do me any good railing about it. Obviously none of this is going to bring Alan back and we now try to move on and get on with our lives."

Detective Sergeant Dave Ford said: "It's just a very sad case. It's a lady who's obviously had very serious problems behaviourally all of her life and it's just a shame that perhaps that wasn't picked up by somebody and it might not have culminated in the death of Alan. It's tragic really."

5:37am 12th November 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
dolphin_thumbnail

PHOTOS: Did A 'Shark Bite' Kill This Dolphin?

WARNING: You may find these images upsetting

domestic abuse violence

WATCH: Mum Who Suffered Domestic Abuse: "My Husband Threatened To Kill Me"

Open events being held across Cornwall to raise awareness

Most read
lorry stuck at pentewan

UPDATE: Narrow Cornish Road - Lorry Gets Stuck

It took almost 24 hours to move it at Pentewan

dogs die in cliff falls

Two Dogs Die After Falling From Cliffs

North Cornwall crews got two shouts in two hours

Top articles

WATCH: Cornwall's Hidden Health Problem

Cornwall News: One in four people with diabetes don't know about it

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Freezing fog warning as UK goes back to work

National News: Commuters heading to work on Monday morning are being warned of freezing fog patches. 

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

From youth to middle age: Trainspotting sequel pulls into Edinburgh

Showbiz News: Trainspotting was a seminal film of the Nineties. 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has five-year prison term in Iran confirmed

World News: A British-Iranian mother jailed in Iran has had her five-year prison sentence confirmed, according to state media.

Boris Johnson to face Olympic Stadium cost questions

Sports News: Boris Johnson will be asked to justify his management of London's Olympic Stadium as part of an in-depth investigation into the "skyrocketing" costs of converting the arena for West Ham United.

WATCH: Chewbacca Sings Silent Night

Strange News: You won’t regret watching this festive treat

Newer article

Hayle Attacker Loses Appeal

Cornwall News: Man behind attack that left a mum blind has appeal rejected

Older article

Cornish Beaches Fail Clean Water Checks

Cornwall News: More have failed to meet basic standards

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.