Man found guilty of murdering Christine Peters - Bedford

17/05/2012

Bedford man Jordan Quailey has today, Thursday, 17 May 2012 been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum tariff of 16-years, after being found guilty yesterday, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 of murdering his partner Christine Peters in April 2011.

Luton Crown Court heard how Christine's six young children were at their home in Wadsworth Court, Bedford, along with a friend's two children, when 30-year-old Quailey stabbed her once through the chest with a kitchen knife. He then put a duvet over her and left her body on the sofa, before taking the children to stay with relatives. He was arrested the next day at a friend's house.

Yesterday, Wednesday, 16 May 2012, a jury took only one hour to convict Quailey of murder, rejecting his claim that he had thrown a knife at Christine in an argument and fatally wounded her by accident.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with the police since this investigation was launched.  This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of Christine Peters.

"Professor Sarah Hainsworth, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering from Leicester University gave evidence about the likelihood that the knife was accidentally thrown at Christine Peters, as Jordan Quailey alleged, or stabbed as the prosecution claimed. She explained that even if the defendant's version of events was right, the knife would have been thrown at a minimum velocity of 26mph across the small kitchen to have enabled the knife to embed itself so deeply into Ms Peters.

"After only 60-minutes, the jury returned a guilty verdict for murder.  The conviction means that the jury was in no doubt that Quailey caused the death of Christine, despite his denials.

"Christine Peters' family have attended every day of the trial, and sat in dignified silence as harrowing details of how Christine died were given to the jury.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence by the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for the victim and her family and friends.  We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help the family in their struggle to come to terms with this tragic event, and they can now concentrate on bringing up Christine's children, which they have willingly agreed to do.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

After the case, the officer in the case Detective Constable Neal Hastings, of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said he hoped that Christine's family would be able to use the positive verdict and sentencing to move a little further along the process of adjusting to life without her.

"Christine has clearly left a big gap in the lives of many people, and everyone spoke of her being a wonderful mother. Quailey was a coward and a violent man with a previous conviction for possessing weapons and for assaulting Christine. During the investigation he tried to shift the blame for Christine's death from himself on to her by claiming that she had thrown the knife at him first," he said.

"In fact, he attacked her with such force she died from a single deep stab wound and he did it while the children were present.  That shows what kind of man he is.  Unfortunately, all too often we see that someone who has been assaulted by their partner later suffers even greater violence after taking them back.  If anyone is in the same position as Christine, I'd urge them to seek help to leave these situations safely, even if it is not from the police," said Detective Constable Hastings.

After hearing the guilty verdict, Christine's family said: "The last year has been a harrowing and devastating time for our family. Chrissy's untimely and unnecessary death has impacted on so many people's lives. She was a dear daughter, sister, aunt, good friend and more importantly a wonderful mother.

"We are pleased that justice has been done today and would like to express our thanks to everybody who has supported our family through these difficult times. Despite the verdict today it is us and her children who are left with the life sentence."