Woman guilty of murdering her partner

14/05/2014

A woman who stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife has today been found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of his murder.

A jury heard how there was a considerable history of domestic violence between the 49-year-old defendant, Caroline Loweth and her partner, the deceased, John Fletcher.

This culminated on 27 October 2013 when, following an argument between the two at the defendant's flat in Wolverhampton, Loweth picked up an eight inch chef's kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in his chest, which pierced his heart.

She then called the emergency services and informed them that Mr Fletcher was peeling vegetables and while doing this, he fell onto the knife which he had been using, thus causing the injury to himself.

The knife pierced the victim's heart and although paramedics tried to treat the wound, Mr Fletcher would die from his injuries in the flat. 

Loweth was arrested and charged with murdering her partner.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The defendant and the victim had a troubled history between them which was mutually violent.

"Throughout this case, the defendant has maintained her innocence claiming that that her partner had been using a knife to peel some vegetables and he fell onto it which then lodged itself into his chest.

"This was a blatant lie which Loweth had concocted in order to hide the crime that she had committed and today, following a trial, a jury has seen through her web of lies and found guilty of murdering John Fletcher.

"I would like to take this opportunity of encouraging anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, women and men, not to suffer in silence. There are specialist support groups who can assist you to get out of an abusive relationship before it becomes too late.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Fletcher."