Life sentence for Daniel Spencer for killing ex-wife

06/08/2014

Following a trial at Bristol Crown Court, Daniel Spencer, 59, from Cheltenham, was today handed a life sentence the murder of Jane Wiggett, at her Cheltenham home.

CPS Crown Advocate James Ward said: "This tragic case illustrates how abuse can escalate even when a relationship has ended. An incident of domestic violence which results in the death of the victim is so often not a first attack, but instead, is likely to have been preceded not only by long term physical abuse -  but by psychological and emotional abuse.

"I urge anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of a partner or family member to come forward and report this and certainly to seek advice from specialist agencies who can provide invaluable practical and emotional support. I understand that it is not an easy decision to make - to speak out against someone you care about or that you may live in fear of  - but please be assured that you will be supported. The CPS will work closely with the police and, where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so, we will always prosecute.  We are committed to standing together with  our partners to reduce the enormous damage of domestic violence on individuals and society.

Nothing will compensate Jane Wiggetts family for their loss but I hope they will find at least a degree of comfort knowing Daniel Spencer will spend at least the next 16 years of his life in prison before being eligible for parole."