Man sentenced for murdering wife - Aylesbury

20/07/2012

A 54-year-old man from Aylesbury has today, Friday, 20 July 2012, been sentenced at Reading Crown Court to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and must serve a minimum of 17-years in prison.

Robert Dunson, from Bicester Road, Aylesbury, pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder at Reading Crown Court following the death of his wife, Jean Dunson, who was 47 when she was stabbed to death at her home on Wednesday, 04 May 2011.

The case went to trial and yesterday, Thursday, 19 July 2012, a jury found Dunson guilty of murder.

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 Jean Dunson.

"After only 3-hours, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict for murder.  The conviction means that the jury was in no doubt that Robert Dunson murdered his wife Jean, despite his denials.

"A chillingly striking factor about this case is that the attack happened partially in front of the Dunson's 17-year-old autistic son who was then locked in his bedroom by Robert Dunson, no doubt to stop him seeing the aftermath of his father's brutal attack.

"Jean's family have attended court during the course of the trial, and sat in dignified silence as harrowing details of how Jean 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.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey, the officer who led the murder investigation, said: "I am pleased by the outcome of this trial. It has been a difficult time for Jean's family as this case has taken some time to come to court and witnessed in part the events that led to her death. Although this trial will not bring Jean back to them I hope the family can take some comfort knowing that justice has been done."