Woman jailed for life for killing her partner


A 43 year-old woman was today sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 13 years, at Wolverhampton Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to the murder of her partner at their home address in Walsall.

Tracey Ashfield had struck her partner, 43 year-old Wendy Thorpe, with a garden ornament and then tried to conceal the body before fleeing the scene.

Hayley Firman, Head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"This was a tragic case where a quarrel over their finances led to Tracey Ashfield killing her partner.

"On Saturday 14 July 2012, Ashfield was with her partner at their home when they got into a heated argument over money. The argument turned physical and she then picked up a garden ornament and repeatedly struck Ms Thorpe over the head and upper body.

"Realising that Ms Thorpe was not breathing, rather than calling the emergency services for assistance, Ashfield dragged the body to the bottom of the garden and covered it with a blanket, an old settee cushion and garden rubbish in order to conceal the body.

"The following day, she wrote a confessional note, drove away from the property and later telephoned the police telling them what she had done. She was arrested, charged and today she has pleaded guilty of murdering her partner and sentenced to life imprisonment."