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Liskeard Mum Sentenced for Killing Husband in Row Over Tidying Up

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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

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