Man convicted and sentenced for murder of wife - Bicester

24/05/2013

A man has today, Friday, 24 May 2013, been sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 20 years, after being found guilty of the murder of his wife.

A jury at Oxford Crown Court found Andrew Parsons, aged 38, of Lucerne Avenue, Bicester, guilty of the murder of Janee Parsons after a two week trial.

During the trial, the court heard how on 01 December 2012, Parsons attacked his 31-year-old wife outside the bedroom at their family home in Lucerne Avenue.

It is believed Parsons started an argument with his wife, left the room, then returned and punched her in the face and attacked her, leaving her on the floor. He then obtained a knife from the kitchen, before stabbing her 17 times.

Parsons had pleaded not guilty to murder.  At the start of the trial he offered a guilty plea to manslaughter, but this was not accepted and the murder trial continued.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: "We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched. This case involved the untimely death of 31-year-old mother, beautician, and businesswoman Janee Parsons, who was stabbed to death in her own home in Bicester on 01 December 2012. Her life was brought to a premature end in the most brutal of ways.

"The jury at Oxford Crown Court found Andrew Parsons guilty of the murder of his wife despite his denials.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for Janee's family and friends. We hope that today's conviction and sentence will in some way help them come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.

"Parsons has today been sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 20 years. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends and our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Speaking after the verdicts, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman said: "The murder of a loved one is always a great tragedy for the victim's family and friends.

"This case was unusual because the terrible brutality of the attack was captured on an audio recording. Hearing this has been an additional burden for the grieving family to bear.

"They have shown great dignity throughout the investigation and trial process and our thoughts remain with them.

"I would also like to pay tribute to the members of the jury who have listened carefully to the extraordinary and disturbing evidence and returned a verdict that reflects the facts of what happened."