Life sentence for killer of mother of three

10/07/2015

Covered in blood, Peter Plant walked into a pharmacy in Stoke-on-Trent and asked the staff to call the police as there had been a murder.

At a flat in Furlong Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, police would later discover the body of 38-year-old Lindsay Hughes.

Today the 47-year-old defendant has been sentenced at Stafford Crown Court to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years, for the murder of the mother of three.

The victim and the defendant were known to one another and on 27 February 2015, she had visited Plant at his flat.

Following a dispute, believed to be over drugs and alcohol, the defendant attacked Ms Hughes. She would later die from a combination of blunt-force trauma and compression of the neck.

Rather than call the emergency service for assistance, covered in blood, he walked into a local pharmacy and informed the staff that there had been a murder. He then left the pharmacy, entered Tunstall Bargain Centre and tried to sell an inflatable kayak before moving on to a convenience store where he stole more alcohol.

Plant was quickly located and arrested by the police. He was charged and on 18 May 2015, pleaded guilty to murder.

Robin Allen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"Initially, Peter Plant denied being responsible for the death of Lindsay Hughes. He had claimed that another male had been at his flat and had killed the victim.

"However, due to the overwhelming evidence against the defendant, he eventually admitted to his crime and pleaded guilty to the brutal and senseless murder of Ms Hughes.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms Hughes."