Sandra Clinch found guilty of manslaughter for killing her husband

08/11/2012

Today at Truro Crown Court, Sandra Clinch was convicted by a jury of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility for killing her husband Alan Clinch and sentenced to nine years imprisonment. The custodial sentence will take into account the 177 days she has already spent in custody.

CPS Crown Advocate, Julian Herbert said: "We worked closely with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary to bring this case to trial and it is testament to the hard work of the entire prosecution team that the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Todays conviction and sentencing brings an end to this tragic case of domestic violence and I hope the jurys verdict brings some comfort to the relatives of Alan Clinch."

Over the seven day trial, the jury heard how Sandra Clinch killed her husband Alan Clinch with a pair of dress-making scissors during an argument at their home in Darite, near Liskeard, on 13 May 2012.

His Honour Judge Cottle said in sentencing Sandra Clinch:  "The evidence established beyond doubt you have been aggressive, abusive and violent towards previous partners as well as your children. He (Mr Clinch) was a meek, mild-mannered and gentle man, who simply took what you handed out. This time, when your temper exploded, you killed somebody: your husband."