Man jailed for murdering his wife - Hatfield

18/12/2014

A man appeared at St Albans Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday, 17 December 2014, and was jailed for life and to serve a minimum of 13 and a half years, after pleading guilty to murdering his wife.

The man, aged 34, admitted killing his 32-year-old wife at an address in Hatfield on 10 June 2014, at an earlier hearing on 02 December.

The court heard how the man was controlling and dominant and the relationship between the two was strained, which had led to them splitting up. There were a number of occasions whereby police were called to their home.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "The victim's life was brought to a premature end after her estranged husband lost control following a domestic argument.

"The defendant was described as being emotionally, financially, verbally and physically abusive towards his wife.  His motive for killing her was his belief that she had started an intimate relationship with another man.  He lost control of his temper due to his anger, frustration and jealousy.

"We have worked closely with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.

"This case represents a tragedy for the victim's family and I would like to pay tribute to them for their wholehearted support of this investigation and prosecution.

"We know that nothing will bring her back to her family and friends, but we hope that the sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Inspector Adam Gallop from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "Our thoughts are with the victim's family at this time. They have acted with great dignity since her death in what has been an extremely difficult time for them."

DI Gallop continued: "I am pleased that the defendant chose to plead guilty to save her family from having to listen to days of evidence at court. Whilst nothing can replace her, I hope that the fact that he will be in prison for some years will bring a small amount of comfort to them.

"I would also like to reassure victims of domestic abuse that tackling these offences is a key priority for Hertfordshire Constabulary and we take our role in safeguarding victims extremely seriously. The Constabulary has a dedicated Harm Reduction Unit whose officers and staff are specifically trained to recognise cases of domestic abuse from initial contact. It is important that we continue to encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward. We will deal with your case sensitively, so please do make contact."