Cambridgeshire

Timothy Allen sentenced for manslaughter of wife

17/03/2016

Timothy Allen was today sentenced to be detained indefinitely under a Mental Health Order at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility following the death of his wife, Samantha Ho, in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, in August last year. The plea was accepted by CPS East of England at an earlier hearing.

Punam Malhan, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England said: "The defence gave us notice of the plea on 16 February 2016 and we considered the medical expert reports - including one from a doctor instructed by the prosecution - very carefully before deciding to accept Mr Allens plea.

"This is a tragic case where Mr Allen's long-term mental health problems deteriorated to such an extent that he killed his wife in an extremely brutal fashion.

"It is clear from what witnesses have said to the police that Ms Ho was a caring, loving, and supportive partner to Mr Allen. She was aware of his health problems and had done her utmost to support and care for him through a number of difficult times while she continued to work as a successful scientist.

"At the time of the killing we were satisfied on the medical evidence presented to us that Mr Allen was suffering from a mental illness which caused an abnormality of the mind, substantially affecting his ability to behave rationally and keep his self-control.

"Had it not been for that, he would not have killed the wife who loved and cared for him and to whom, on the available evidence, he had never previously threatened any violence.

"We are satisfied that accepting a plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility is the correct course in this case and will allow Mr Allen to receive treatment for his mental illness.

"We have explained to Ms Ho's family our reasons for accepting the plea and our thoughts are very much with them at this time."