Boyfriend given life for murdering his girlfriend

07/06/2013

The boyfriend of a woman whose body was found in the boot of her car was today sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 16 years, at Warwickshire Crown Court after he was found guilty yesterday of her murder.

Aaron Mann, aged 33, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

On 2 January 2012, Claire O'Conner was found dead in the boot of her car after Aaron Mann had driven to his parents address and said that he had killed her and that she was in the boot of the car. She was confirmed deceased by paramedics who attended the scene.

Following a police investigation into how she passed away, Aaron Mann was arrested on suspicion of her murder. 

Emma Garnett, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"In the early hours of the morning of 1 January 2012, Aaron Mann killed Claire O'Conner after a domestic argument.

"When admitting to his parents that he had killed Ms O'Conner, Aaron Mann was claiming that he heard voices and that it was the voices that told him to do kill his girlfriend.

"He accepted being responsible for her death but pleaded not guilty to murder and guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

"The prosecution have always maintained that the correct charge was that of murder and that Mann's mental health deteriorated after killing Ms O'Conner, and was therefore not the cause of him committing the offence. Our case has always been that he was a very jealous man and it is this that led him to unlawfully kill Ms O'Conner.

The jury has accepted this and found him guilty of her murder."