Man jailed for killing his partner - Crowthorne

27/06/2017

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Tuesday, 27 June 2017, and was given an extended sentence of 17 years for killing his partner in Crowthorne last October.

Michael Rough, aged 55, of Ellis Road, Crowthorne, was sentenced today to fourteen years' imprisonment with a three year extended licence period on release, after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, at the same court, on 10 March 2017.

Claire Beards, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "At around 11.30pm on Sunday, 2 October 2016, police received a call from Mr Rough saying he had stabbed his 53-year-old girlfriend, Jacqueline 'Jackie' Pattenden, at his home in Ellis Road, Crowthorne. Police attended and, after being let in by Rough, found Jackie dead in the bedroom. She had been stabbed in the chest.

"At Reading Crown Court on Friday, 10 March 2017, Mr Rough pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Manslaughter by diminished responsibility is a partial defence to murder, which is only established if there is medical evidence that a defendant was suffering from an abnormality of mind that substantially impaired their responsibility for their actions.

"When Mr Rough indicated a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, we instructed an eminent psychiatrist to fully assess him. Only when he too reached the conclusion that Mr Rough was suffering from a mental health condition, that would have substantially reduced his responsibility, did the prosecution team accept the plea offered.

"This case represents a tragedy for Jackie's family and friends, who have been devastated by her death. We know that nothing will bring Jackie back to her family and friends, but we hope that the conviction and today's sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Ailsa Kent, of Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit, said: "Michael Rough and Jackie had been involved in a relationship since the beginning of the year which appeared, to those who knew them, to be happy with no suggestion of violence or arguments between them. However, after reporting feeling depressed and stressed over work, on the evening of 2 October Rough stabbed and killed his partner Jackie.

"I hope today's sentencing will enable those who knew and loved Jackie to have a sense of closure and be able to move on from this utterly tragic time in their lives."